Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.
As well these "puny clusters" become very susceptible to low temps and wear out exceedingly quickly just trying to maintain the cluster core temp.
Originally Posted by AR1
What happened with the last dead nuc - was an excellent cluster going into the winter.
Well, the cluster attrition was too great over the November/December.
I found a grapefruit size cluster remainder frozen in-place with no stores reachable to them.
They could not even take advantage of the dry sugar over the head.
A viable small cluster down South is pretty much doomed up here (you can not just feed the small cluster through the winter here - it will trivially freeze anyway).
So, this is partly what I observe - this is a double-jeopardy game for me (compared to the TF games down South).
Indeed, playing a TF game in the Northern suburbia is a disadvantage up front - my case study.
Last edited by GregV; 01-22-2020 at 08:54 AM.
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