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winter hive inspection

  1. Bee Forum
    This is our first year beekeeping. We believe we had a strong hive going into winter. Two deep boxes pretty well full. Several weeks ago we were suspecting that the hive may have died as we were not seeing any activity even on slightly warmer days. Didn't hear any noise from outside and...
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    I am trying to figure out what happened to my bees and if I still have a cluster below. After thanksgiving it slipped down to 20 degrees a few nights with a high still below 40. That was only a few days and I thought I saw bees since then This first pic is the bee hive as I opened it about an...
  3. Bee Forum
    So something weird is going on in one of my hives. A few weeks ago I did the knock on the side test to listen for that familiar buzz, to check to make sure they were alive. The hive in question didn't buzz, so I looked up underneath through the screened bottom board and I saw bees walking...
  4. Bee Forum
    I visited my two hives today – last season was my first, and both hives were nucs installed in very late May – was hard for them to build reserves. I use all mediums – and each hive had three going into winter. Would have liked to have 4, but this is all they could muster. I’ve been told that...
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