Re: NY State Winterlosses
beek I was just talking to lost 2 of 2 new hives.
non treatment friend lost 100 out of 120. just picked up 100 nucs from Mann Lake yesterday.
beek down the street lost 9 out of 10 new hives last year. he picked up 60 packages from Mann Lake for the mid york bee club.
beek that sells overwintered nucs reported he lost 40%, won't say how many full size hives.
friend has 24 out of 74 left, all starved.
now south of here around BIngamton the hives that had a fall flow from knot weed, beek only had 30 % losses and bees look good.
beek in town reported 3 left out of 100, and 2 are on life support.
I lost 39 out of 90, all to starvation and I feed from sept until to cold, and left on close to 1500 lb of honey supers, so the hives were heavy, so the next time a beek tells me that bees use up more honey when the winter is warm, I'm going to do bad things to there nose.
I have had feeders out since we got a few warm days, and moved around any honey that was left in hives and they are either all going to make it or all die.
most new beeks that fed there hives and didn't pull honey, had there hives survive.
mike syracuse ny
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