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  1. #61
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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    Very nice....we're supposed to reach 22 below zero (F) tonite....its coming your way.....Michkeeper

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  3. #62
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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    Man I hope we dont get that low. I can't stand anything under 50 as it is now.

  4. #63
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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

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    Just made some small emergency bricks up. Today the girls were our flying again. I took a peak and seen that they are out of sugar where the cluster sits all the time. Hopefully running the dehumidifier overnight dries these bricks out so they can go in tomorrow on top of the cluster

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    Bees are out and really out. Got an opportunity to slip another brick on top of the cluster.

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    10 out of 10 flying today.

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    Fairly busy today. Looked like it was spring for about 3 hours

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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    Checked mine yesterday 3 of 5 still moving hope they make it to spring

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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michbeekeeper View Post


    Just made some small emergency bricks up. Today the girls were our flying again. I took a peak and seen that they are out of sugar where the cluster sits all the time. Hopefully running the dehumidifier overnight dries these bricks out so they can go in tomorrow on top of the cluster
    Nice looking bricks, what did you mold them in? I used muffin tins for bricks for my nucs. The little block fits perfectly where the feeder jar normally sets then put a telescopic cover over the feeder migratory cover but these little bricks I make are too tall for topbars of a 10 frame hive. I need to make them more in the shape your are using.

    Tim

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    I just used a small ziplock container

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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    Pretty well, except for one hive that is either dead or nearly so.

    Today we still had about a foot of snow on the ground, but the temps were up in the 55-60 F range. The hives area all elevated an the entrances were clear of snow. There were dead bees on the snow but we didn't notice any stains, so they must have been getting out regularly for cleansing. The two strongest hives had used 5 pounds over about a month. One of the nucs had used about that over 6 weeks. I did not weigh the last nuc, but did open it to inspect the top stores. I pulled two empty frames and replaced them with sugar brick frames. The other hives still have abundant stores according to the scales.

    Even the suspected deadout had used some stores and had a trickle of traffic at the entrance. I won't know until spring if they're actually hanging on or if the others are just helping themselves. I've never seen a robbing frenzy at that hive, but could have missed it.

    The hives are at our mountain place. When I got there I fired up the tractor to clear the driveway. They thought that was fascinating.

  12. #71
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    Well, we hit 40 yesterday. Poo explosions in the snow were evident. 2 colonies (so far) did not survive....no poo, no flying. Haven't had time to check on the Russians yet, they're on the other side of the County.

  13. #72
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    Man last night was a cold one. This weekend is going to be even worse with a low Friday night of -11F. I listened to the bees last night and they were just a buzzing. I hope they are ready for this. I know I'm not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michbeekeeper View Post
    Man last night was a cold one. This weekend is going to be even worse with a low Friday night of -11F. I listened to the bees last night and they were just a buzzing. I hope they are ready for this. I know I'm not
    Same here , all hives made it this far
    And I know there's brood now in most
    Of my hives , will know next week when
    It hits 40+ degrees again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frgrasso View Post
    Same here , all hives made it this far
    And I know there's brood now in most
    Of my hives , will know next week when
    It hits 40+ degrees again
    I'm sort of new to this but how can you tell there's brood. Can you do his without opening it up?

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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    I was in southern CA last week. There were honeybees everywhere! Palos Verdes coast, Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica....some landed on me and some flew over and sat with me in the sand when I was at the beach. And now I'm back in this cold stinking frozen tundra and my poor MN bee friends are still in cluster waiting for a break. What a bummer. Why do I live here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michbeekeeper View Post
    I'm sort of new to this but how can you tell there's brood. Can you do his without opening it up?
    We had a 62 degree day a week or so
    Again and I went into a couple hives
    That were very busy & there was capped
    Brood , we had a mild winter here and
    My 3 deep hive is jamb packed with bees
    Already

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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    All of mine are alive and well. I am ready for spring. Once I get the rest of the boxes built. And frames assembled.

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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    Still good so far. I'm looking at a week of temps in the teens and then hitting 50 next weekend. Can't wait to see them flying again

  20. #79
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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    I've lost one colony , but I'm not that surprised , they were down on numbers a few weeks ago , and have been getting robbed . Not the frenzied everybody trying to get in robbing , more like a steady low level stealth robbing . At least this year I've got resources to come back . If this had happened last year with only one colony I'd have been much worse off . Cause still to be determined ... maybe today , it's supposed to be pretty warm and I'm feeling better (nasty cold) .
    Retired wannabee Hillbilly Farmer in backwoods Arkansas
    Our biggest crop is rocks ...

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    Default Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    Yesterday in Ocala fl it was 29 in the morning but 80 by 1 O'clock,Newbies were flying yesterday like it was summer.If I master putting pictures on I will post.

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