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  1. Winter Beekeeping
    I checked my bees last week and the cluster was small. I added a winter paddy. Today there was just a hand full of bees (39 degrees out) will be getting down to the twentys at night still. Is there anything I can do to save my hive. Can I close them up and bring them in the garage for a week...
  2. Bee Forum
    I installed a package of bees last Sunday. The time of the installation was 5pm. The temperature was dropping quickly so I did my best to empty the package as best I could. Outside temp was low 40s, windy with cloud cover. Despite my efforts, there remained approximately 40+/- bees in the...
  3. Bee Forum
    Today I went to wrap the hive to help protect it from winter. This is my first hive, my first winter with bees. At the beginning of October I had a full hive of Italians, a healthy queen, and a TON of honey. Like Ive been told, I left the honey alone and reduced the entrance since the days were...
  4. Bee Forum
    I checked on a hive earlier today and I have a dead out. I can't complain really, my second in over four years, but sad nonetheless. I'm thinking died due to small cluster and a cold snap. I'm hoping you might be able to give some insight. Attaching pictures in case they might help. Here are...
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