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    I live in the Pacific Northwest and it gets colder here faster. What is the nighttime threshold temperature that you should start to winterize? Also, I had a professional beekeeper and business man said that he applies miticide (basically pesticide for mites with formic acid) during the mid to...
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    So, what is the truth about wintering bee hives? What causes them to winter successfully? Number of bees? Density of bees? Amount of food supply? Density of food supply? Young vs. old queen? Climate? How are nucs able to survive, while a larger hive at the same time might starve? That would...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    So after a couple months of spotty queen laying I decided to heed the advice of the internet and to requeen my hive. This is my first year beekeeping and I originally bought a caged queen and box of bees. After she was installed and made it out of her cage, I never saw her again. The brood was...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hi, I am hoping to get a head start on winterizing, we get temps averaging in the 20sF going to 0f for a week or two. Cloudy days with higher humidity when we are above freezing. Our winter will go from mid November to early March. I am going to build quilt boxes to put on top the hive, along...
  6. Bee Forum
    Hello everyone i just went into my hive today to rearrange the frames to best suit them for the winter. I noticed there was not a huge amount of pollen inside the frames but lots and lots of honey. I was wondering how important pollen is in my climate here in the valley. If i need pollen do i...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    When I checked my bees a few days ago, They were doing just great. In fact, there seemed to be a staggering amount of them in two of my hives. I did not see any eggs in either, but did see a lot of capped and emerging brood, and the queens. I saw very few drones, if any, and the bees seemed to...
  8. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I am a new beek. I did a cut out of an old farm house for an older couple this summer. She had killed probably half the hive before I retrieved them (they were going in her house). So the hive was a bit small. I tied up brood and comb in a KTBH. They had a slow start but are just now...
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