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winter hive status

  1. Bee Forum
    I decided to take a quick peek inside my hive on an unusually warm day last week (73F, sunny, with minimal wind) and in the top box I saw the cluster, only the size of a baseball. The hive itself was nearly jam packed with honey, between the two boxes (this is their first winter) it weighed over...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    I don't have my own hive yet, as I'm still a student, but I'm thinking of starting up when I return to Minnesota. My county in MN is zone 4b....it gets cold! Do the bees require any special care over the winter? What's the best way to winterize a hive? Is beekeeping even practical in such a...
  3. Bee Forum
    So from what I have been told and read it was my understanding that bees typically move their way up through their boxes during the winter, but mine are already at the top, hanging out above the candy board, and I know they have honey down in their bottom boxes. I have heard that sometimes bees...
  4. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello fellow Mainers and others Last season was my first season utilizing Michael Bush's approach of natural beekeeping. I was terrified I would loose all my bees. Just the oposite ocurred as for the first time in 8 years I had suffered no winter losses. YIPPPEEE I have been splitting a colony...
  5. Bee Forum
    I have a hive that's struggling. When in last week, not much in the way of capped honey but a good bit of nectar in most of the frames. I'm stilll a bit unclear how I should be addressing this hive. Central Arkansas; temps can swing widely - even from forecast. Due to be in 60s and 70s for the...
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