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  1. #81
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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by crab414 View Post
    You should have some holes drilled. Fresh fish through the ice is the best ��
    Oddly for living in WI, I don't fish in winter (prefer skiing).
    But I do appreciate the ice fishing - this is how I know the ice is safe (I watch for ATVs dragging out seasonal fishing shanties on ice before I start crossing the lake by foot).
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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  3. #82
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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Litsinger View Post
    Great photos, GregV.
    Especially like crossing the lake late in the day - the night city views are awesome.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by wildbranch2007 View Post
    if you had the weather you saw for the last week, it would be easy
    for sure! What a fabulous place Hawaii is, i could live there in a heartbeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    Especially like crossing the lake late in the day - the night city views are awesome.
    Which lake are you crossing, Menona? Looks like the menona terrace there

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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    "What a fabulous place Hawaii is, i could live there in a heartbeat." If I was younger I would have moved to the Big Island - maybe - not sure as living there is too easy except for the larva flows. I saw my first feral hive there, then there was the humming tree, next I had a bee hive.....................now nine colonies.................. still have a Hawaiian carni-queen descendant in RI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Holcombe View Post
    "What a fabulous place Hawaii is, i could live there in a heartbeat." If I was younger I would have moved to the Big Island - maybe - not sure as living there is too easy except for the larva flows. I saw my first feral hive there, then there was the humming tree, next I had a bee hive.....................now nine colonies.................. still have a Hawaiian carni-queen descendant in RI.
    NICE! yeah we were on the big island. Just beautiful

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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    We have another month or so before the temps start stabilizing. Otherwise, its been wet & windy with intermittent cold snaps- not how our winters should be. I'll be building a new yard (small one) this spring, so I'm just looking forward to that.
    Year 2 Zone 6a

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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Holcombe View Post
    "What a fabulous place Hawaii is, i could live there in a heartbeat." If I was younger I would have moved to the Big Island - maybe - not sure as living there is too easy except for the larva flows. I saw my first feral hive there, then there was the humming tree, next I had a bee hive.....................now nine colonies.................. still have a Hawaiian carni-queen descendant in RI.
    It would take a lot bees to make a larva flow. I lived there in the 70s. Best weather in the world.

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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    In the 50s today and the bees are bringing in a lot of yellow and orange pollen, probably maples and alder. Seems about 3 -4 weeks early this year. When I first looked at my two strongest hives today I thought they were doing a cleansing flight there were so many foragers coming back.

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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    It's 62 F today! But spring is not here yet. Weather people say that we are dropping back into the 30s and 40s tomorrow and through next week.

    I just put a pollen patty on as we are 3 weeks away from maple bloom. At least that what happened last year. The girls were flying but no pollen coming in yet. I only looked at my home hive and I am in the middle of corn/soy area. My other yard has more woods by it so it may have some pollen, I didn't sit and watch.

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    I had some white pollen coming in and seen a very few bees working the yard maples today for the first time. They will make use of a few hours and then it will be over for a while. They are still on the chicken feed and all still alive, knock on wood.
    Cheers
    gww

    Ps Activity was not the same on all the hives and I only saw lots of pollen coming into my oldest hive with nothing coming in others.
    zone 5b

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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    "It would take a lot bees to make a larva flow." - I am sure the volcano goddess who oblige after a few stings. I loved throwing a snowball at my wife, then we went to the beach!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gww View Post
    They are still on the chicken feed and all still alive, knock on wood.
    GWW:

    Thanks for starting this thread- it has been neat to see where everyone's colony development is in the various regions of the US (and abroad).

    Are you yet ready to conclude that you won't need to supplementally feed in the fall as a rule going forward based on your experiment this winter?

    Way to go with an incredible run of excellent hive survival year-over-year.

    Russ
    Ecclesiastes 11:4

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    Russ
    Are you yet ready to conclude that you won't need to supplementally feed in the fall as a rule going forward based on your experiment this winter?
    I am not ready yet but am trying to keep watch and thinking it is possible to not feed.

    Over my four years, I have not seen such a likeness in individual year, as they relate to each other, to form a pattern I can rely on. This winter was warmer and is plenty wet but also seems to have fewer days above 50 for this time of year and so is closer to last year then the year before. It was wet all year long last year with no big drought and I believe a better then normal fall flow.

    So I am confident that no feeding can be done if you can forecast what the year is really doing but am not sure I can forecast well enough.

    It is going to be my goal to not feed and my hope to recognize when that is not going to work. If I recognize a bad fall, I can take less honey. If I mess up, I hope to recognize I need to feed. My goal is not to feed though.
    Wish me luck.
    gww
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    Quote Originally Posted by gww View Post
    It is going to be my goal to not feed and my hope to recognize when that is not going to work. If I recognize a bad fall, I can take less honey. If I mess up, I hope to recognize I need to feed.
    Wish me luck.
    I understand and appreciate this goal and intend to adopt it as my general philosophy as well. I expect that you will succeed in your efforts.

    Keep up the good work!

    Russ
    Ecclesiastes 11:4

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    Russ
    Time will tell. Good luck this year and I hope to keep reading about your adventures.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by gww View Post
    Time will tell. Good luck this year and I hope to keep reading about your adventures.
    Thanks, GWW. Same to you- It's about time for an update on your thread .
    Ecclesiastes 11:4

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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Holcombe View Post
    "It would take a lot bees to make a larva flow." - I am sure the volcano goddess who oblige after a few stings. I loved throwing a snowball at my wife, then we went to the beach!
    I was on Oahu so no snow there. If I lived on the Big Island I would have to live at altitude because it's a bit hot for my taste. But then of course I'd have to worry about the lava.

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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    my winter has not gone to well. Build up last summer and started selling nucs (32). went into winter with 9 very strong "mother hives" that I hoped to do some major splits from come spring. Well thats not happening as a bear decided to come and visit. Complete disaster and nothing was left, lost them all. So, I will be starting from scratch this spring.

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    Default Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by RBCofficer View Post
    I will be starting from scratch this spring.
    Have you lined up replacement nucs or packages yet? One of our club members drives down south somewhere and buys a couple hundred packages to resell every year. Ashland is not that far
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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