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  1. Upper Midwest
    This is my 4th winter, and I have had losses every year. The first 2 years I was suspecting mites and or starvation. It would be helpful if someone could explain presentations of various causes of death (mites, starvation, queen issues, freezing, ventilation etc...) A description (and bonus...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    The North Carolina weather has been crazy this year! With temps staying in the low 60 my bees have been out working all winter, well when it wasn't raining. This past week we had a cold snap with temps dipping into the 20's at night. Saturday got up to about 53 degrees so I made a trip to the...
  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. Bee Forum
    Hi all - Shamefully, it's been a while since I've been on until I noticed last week that my hive had no activity on one of our warmer days. My husband and I took the top off and heard no buzzing and saw no bees...moving anyway. My set-up is a shallow brood, with a deep on top (I was...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Bee Forum
    I was reading several posts on here about hives that made it and didn't make it thru the winter. I did a quick google and didn't see many surveys of winter survival for 2012-2013 and since it was snowing and I didn't really want to go outside to work on a trailer hitch, I threw together a quick...
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