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  1. Bee Forum
    I came home at night on Nov 21 and found my single hive entirely destroyed. All my fault. I put up a strong electric fence but was obviously not as smart as the bear. The sneaky bear figured out that the 8x8 post near the enclosure could be climbed and he/she could jump into the enclosure...
  2. Bee Forum
    Does anybody else love wrapping in the snow?? https://youtu.be/R8JnVZzZCzc
  3. Bee Forum
    Hi all, I'm proud to say that I've brought four, five over five medium nucs through the winter (knock on wood they make it through March, but they look strong and are actually bringing in some white pollen today.) I'm wondering when the right time is to move them into my eight frame equipment...
  4. Bee Forum
    Hi, I am wondering if bee colonies in the NW (or other places with similar climate) may do better with an open bottom even thru the winter. I realize some other form of wind protection may need to be provided. A survey was conducted on this subject sometime last year. The colony loss numbers...
  5. Bee Forum
    I often see posts or articles suggesting a hive needs anywhere between 40 and 90 lbs of honey to make it thru the winter. Often these sources don't address the colony size. It wasn't until today I learned of a better metric, the Brood to Honey Ratio. The ratio was expressed in number of brood...
  6. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Overwintering Is Associated with Reduced Expression of Immune Genes and Higher Susceptibility to Virus Infection in Honey Bees The eusocial honey bee, Apis mellifera, has evolved remarkable abilities to survive extreme seasonal differences in temperature and availability of resources by dividing...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    I am a small beekeeper with three hives this year. One of the three overwintered, the other two were purchased and installed a few weeks ago. They are all doing great with laying queens. Because the hive that overwintered was so small I started off this year with them in a honey super. (They...
  8. Bee Forum
    Here's a video that I took last week. I don't want to speak too soon, but it does look like my bees have overwintered. I will only consider this a successful "overwinter" once I've seen the bees foraging and a new stock of workers born. The weather's getting nicer now and I'm excited for 2013.
  9. Bee Forum
    Hi Guys, Has anyone overwintered two queen hives? What do you do? Do you use a long hive with a vertical queen excluder? Thanks Matthew Davey
  10. Beekeeping Meetings and Classes
    How to Make Summer Nucs A Hands-on Workshop Saturday, July 16, 2011 1pm –4pm 163 Highland Cliff Road, Windham ME Presenter: Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes This will be a hands-on workshop utilizing the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association’s club hives to make 4 summer nucs for the...
  11. Bee Forum
    I would like to hear how everyone did with checkboarding this year, what their results were, (swarming, hive strength, etc.) and how it's tied into their decisions this fall on how many boxes to overwinter each of their hives in.
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I started some new hives this year and becasue of poor honey flow it looks like they won't have enough supplies in the hive body to overwinter very well. I've never fed during the winter and I'd like some suggestions. This is the Chicago area so temperatures go below freezing for extended periods.
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