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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Let's see your snowpiaries!

    make sure the door is clear so they don't suffocate
    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing... - Socrates
    western Ore. zone 8b.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenbears View Post
    I would show mine, But, OH WELL, we haven't had any now here in N.W PA yet. Now the rest of you who do not live in the lake effect show belt know how we feel every other year. Nahaha teehee
    I love these big storms, when they touch other people instead of us.
    mike syracuse ny
    Whatever you subsidize you get more of. Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbranch2007 View Post
    I love these big storms, when they touch other people instead of us.
    I was stationed at Drum for three winters - I laugh when the Oregonians get 2-4" and FREAK OUT.
    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing... - Socrates
    western Ore. zone 8b.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cris View Post
    make sure the door is clear so they don't suffocate
    See several posts on the first page of this thread.

  6. #25

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    Not so much snow but temperatures were -25 -30C for over a week, ground can be frozen over one meter

    Mini-Plus hives pienennetty.jpg

  7. #26
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    Default Re: Let's see your snowpiaries!

    Great pics!
    mcon, love the paint job on your hives!

  8. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominic View Post
    Not that much??? LOL that looks like quite a bit to me!
    4th Yr. 8 hives. Italian/Carniolan apiary. 3 loss over 4 yr. W.NC location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcon672 View Post
    Love your hive designs!
    4th Yr. 8 hives. Italian/Carniolan apiary. 3 loss over 4 yr. W.NC location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juhani Lunden View Post
    Not so much snow but temperatures were -25 -30C for over a week, ground can be frozen over one meter

    Mini-Plus hives pienennetty.jpg
    Wow that sounds intense. How do your bees do with those temps?
    4th Yr. 8 hives. Italian/Carniolan apiary. 3 loss over 4 yr. W.NC location.
    https://instagram.com/jacquelinehinshaw/

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    Bees have naturally thick fur, it is hard to see it though. They cluster the tighter the colder it gets. If they are well selected for cold climates, they just sit like dead. Cold temps are no problem as long as they are healthy and have access to food and there is no moisture (= enough air circulation). I agree with Mike Palmer that donīt worry about snow covering hives. Sometimes in Finland beekeeper has to find the hives with a stick, skiing above them...but not in my area. The most snowy conditions are in the central and eastern Finland. Snow is excellent insulator and many beekeeper shovel snow to cover hives.

  12. #31
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    Default Re: Let's see your snowpiaries!

    Thanks Arnie and Jhinshaw. Lol they used to be white and gray but then I was hurt this spring and was off work and really couldn't do much so I did that out of boredom.

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    Default Re: Let's see your snowpiaries!

    Those paint jobs on your hives are great!

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    Snow cover is the easiest way to tell if your bees are still alive.
    Always question Conventional Wisdom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrass View Post
    Snow cover is the easiest way to tell if your bees are still alive.
    Well, I'm not so sure. The easiest way is to look inside, and barring that a temperature sensor doesn't work so bad. Snow cover might be the simplist way, or perhaps the cheapest way. One of those anyway.

    In my second winter with 3 Langs and 2 Top Bar hives
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrass View Post
    Snow cover is the easiest way to tell if your bees are still alive.
    I usually just knock to see if they'll answer!
    4th Yr. 8 hives. Italian/Carniolan apiary. 3 loss over 4 yr. W.NC location.
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    Sorry i don't have pics. But i noticed several bees on top of the snow this am when i went to clear the entrances. There was a gap between my upper medium brood and my extra super being used for mt. Camp. But being new I had to try warming a bee to see if the Lazarus effect was true lol. I took two more inside to show my son... he was amazed.

    Oh and I taped the gap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhinshaw View Post
    I usually just knock to see if they'll answer!
    Around here sometimes that would require walking through waist deep snow, or I can tell from 100 yards away based on the snow melt on the cover.
    Always question Conventional Wisdom.

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    This is one of our hives hidden in a snowcovered sagebrush

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  21. #40
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    Now that the storm has passed, we had some warm weather today - high 30's maybe 40 in the sun. I went to peek at the hives and found bunches of bees all over the snow. I know this is normal but I had not seen this, quite the surprise.

    There were some bees buzzing near the entrance of one hive as well, and a couple came out to great me. So guess the bees made it through the storm just fine.

    Erik
    In my second winter with 3 Langs and 2 Top Bar hives
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