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    Default Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    This is February behavior in my neck of the woods. Not too happy to see it this time of year. It was over 60 degrees at 5:30 this morning. It's typical to have a warm day here and there during winter, but no foraging for protein. I've never seen it like this.

    Do they know something we don't? Might make for some crazy spring schedules.
    First I saw them on the poultry feed. That's my sign to get patties on in Feb,



    So I set out a pan of dry Bee Pro. WHOA.

    Lauri Miller.
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    Default Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Wont the protein stimulate brood rearing?

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    Maybe this makes up for our polar vortex getting us a hard freeze two weeks prior to our first frost date?
    I was watching the forecast and I hit mine with OA this last weekend prior to the warm spell tricking them into laying. I finished with my mountain camp sugar yesterday on a couple of hives that were already to the top of the deep. I figured the pouring down rain and 60 degree weather would allow them to move to it and not starve.
    I have not had any luck with them taking the dry bee pro even in fall when nothing was around.
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    I think they will store most of dry beepro, but they consume wet patties. That's a big difference between stimulating full blown brood rearing. I'm not about to patty them this time of year. They have never been interested in the dry feed before. I'm not quite sure how to take it. Hopefully it will cool off to normal. I wouldn't mind being a few weeks early, but not a couple months.

    I don't plan to sock the dry feed to them...but will watch them closely and adjust my program if it appears necessary.
    Don't want to be fooled into doing the wrong thing.
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    I remember several years ago it got warm in early winter then got very cold in January and febuary. I use to live in Central Oregon. So ya you might be changing plans a couple of times.

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    Default Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    My bees here will get open fed bee-pro when they are raising brood but no natural pollen is available via foraging, or not enough is available as they are brooding up. My bees right now are heavy foraging pollen, bringing in lots of it. I'm pretty sure they are brooding up now, just like they normally do in the spring, Orientation flights have been huge in numbers, big clouds of bees, and the entrance boards are covered. Yep, it's a very warm fall and winter so far, and the bees are taking advantage of it. I'll have to check nectar/honey stores and feed by January first this year, from the looks of things.

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    Default Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    IM going off topic. But I was wondering if Lauri knew the thread of the information she did with foundation and partial foundation?

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    Default Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    We just got finished putting on sub & syrup to an out of state loads of bees, never have been hurt by doing so, as long as they have plenty of stores.
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

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    Thanks Keith and Ray.

    Dan, here it is:
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/show...mes-experiment
    Lauri Miller.
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    Default Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Oh you west coasters...*waits for someone in NE to chime in*

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    I never get a break. Still putting on supers for our eucalyptus flow. The way it's coming in with all kinds of pollen, I'll have to extract all over again soon!
    My opinions are based on whatever OD Frank says because he thinks he knows everything!

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    Default Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Thanks Lauri. Back to the shop

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    Default Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Regarding the weather

    We have been mild for most of the fall but -25 last month with a week below freezing probably averages out to normal temps.

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    It's been very warm and dry in CO also. I did OAV treatments last weekend and put on mountain camp dry sugar. It seems the robbing has slowed down. Looks like this weekend we will go into a cooling trend- for how long, who knows. I've been considering winter patties as all this warm weather has the bees using their winter stores.

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    Default Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Why did the bees put chicken feed in the nesting boxes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SRatcliff View Post
    Oh you west coasters...*waits for someone in NE to chime in*
    That's right. Not really terribly warm here, altho we're seeing huge winds and rain tonight. Yesterday I finally slapped all the insulation board around the hives, just. in. time. Mid to high 30s is probably a little higher than usual, but I don't know that the bees know that.

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    I'm in New York tonight in the middle of a Nor'easter. What crappy weather you Yankee's have up here. I can't imagine keeping bees here.
    My opinions are based on whatever OD Frank says because he thinks he knows everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Why did the bees put chicken feed in the nesting boxes?
    Question is, why do I feed my chickens raisins?
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    Default Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    I DO have several new Pol-Line hives out in the yard this winter. Hmmmm ...wonder if these are Italians that haven't brooded down like my carnies usually do? That could explain it. I might be in for a bit of a learning curve.
    Last edited by Lauri; 12-10-2014 at 06:59 AM.
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    Default Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    I'm in New York tonight in the middle of a Nor'easter. What crappy weather you Yankee's have up here. I can't imagine keeping bees here.
    Just be glad it's rain and not snow (if it is rain there).

    Hey. They even keep bees in Canada. This isn't quite that bad.

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