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The amount of dead bees on floor (indoor storage) look about right for this time of year. It takes live bees to kick out dead bees.

They looked good going in but won't know for sure until end of the month.

I have heard good and bad from keepers.
 

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Fed today, about 4 pound patties. Bees are lookin pretty good no complaints here.:thumbsup:

Oh ya and thanks for the sub Mr Jarrett!!;)
 

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Ours are looking good too. Patties do pay off. (Thanks Keith!)

As for how to get 4 # above the brood nest, we put them between the boxes, There is easily enough "floorspace" to get that much on. If more is wanted, and they are soft enough, they will squish down and up between the frames a little.
Sheri

A lot of the bees coming in won't be here for a while. I suspect we will know a lot more in the next couple weeks.
 

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How do you fit a four-pound pollen substitute patty on the frames immediately above the brood nest?

Just like Sheri said, right between the boxes. I put the sub right on a piece of wax paper. The sub was a nice consistency so it went up thru the frames fairly easy.
 

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Just around the corner is almond time,
10-15 pounds of Pollen Supplement or Pollen Substitute fed last late summer-fall makes the difference between Fat Bees and Skinny Bees to date. 01/04/2010.:)
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No substitute for good bees!

I'm quite sure that no one is going to post that their bees look like crap.
At least, I'm not going to hold my breath for that.
How are my bees?
Um, lets see... "They are all perfect!"
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Re: No substitute for good bees!

I'm quite sure that no one is going to post that their bees look like crap.:)
lol, yeah, you are probably right. Maybe the question should be "Of the beeks you know, how are their bees looking".:D

But when I say ours are looking good, I don't mean to say they are perfect either. We have lost about 10% of what we brought out here, about what we expect to, considering we bring them out so early.
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Positive. Lets be positive.

:)The point is that we have provided our bees with the best nutrition available and they do look good.
I have had conversations with fellow apiculturalists and they did not feed their bees last August through fall and they have 100% dead outs!:(
Ernie
 

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Re: No substitute for good bees!

I'm quite sure that no one is going to post that their bees look like crap.
Harry that's true, But, this thread had over a hunderd hits before it got a single post, that's all I needed to know.

The normal "almond thread" has keepers wetting themselfs trying to post, twenty post by noon is normal.
 

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Bees got another feeder full of syrup and a patty this last wk. 10% +/- loss so far so I'm satisfied. If they've made it this far they should be fine. I ordered queens for mid feb expecting a 13% loss. Oh yeah the question, Look'n good.
 

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It seems to be all over the place this year.
I am aware of a few major crashes totalling many thousands of hives.
On the other hand some are very pleased with what they are seeing.
Another observation is that it may be an every other year thing.
Those that had to restart many hives last year are in excellent shape this year in many cases.
The opposite seems to hold true in somewhat lesser degree.
There seems to be a high variability from beek to beek and also within operations.
Those are my observations in Oregon, Kieth, this winter.
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OK Keith, mine look pretty good last I saw them, a week before Christmas, definitely better than last year and we had pretty good bees last year. Could be that the question was asked at a time when beekeepers are just getting ready to get back in the bee yard. I hope I am not the only beekeeper that takes a little time off over the holidays.
 

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OK . Could be that the question was asked at a time when beekeepers are just getting ready to get back in the bee yard. .
That could be Jim, here in Cali the keepers are putting on sub at a fast clip, but very cold in Texas so they be week or so behind.
 

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We have all of ours in east Texas which is usually a bit more bee friendly than California through the winter months. This year could be a bit different as the arctic cold that is just coming through here is expected to result in lows in the mid teens for a couple of days through all of east Texas.... yikes!
 

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Just started looking through some today. There were the Good, the Bad , and the Ugly.But all were alive , and really p.o.'d at being messed with. My hands are kinda puffy, but Sierra Pale Ale seems to help with that.:D
 

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here in Cali the keepers are putting on sub at a fast clip

:DAgreed, and the weather is with us to give them their happy meals.
However, Southern California is still dry.
Ernie
 
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