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So I have been searching the threads and couldnt find anything on this. Now I know it is not Ideal to be checking bees in this type of weather but it has been 10 days since last check and I think it is getting time to put another super on to avoid swarming. I will be leaving out of state for a week tommorow and think I had better check the hives. The only problem is is that it has been raing the last 4-5 days (and sprinkleing today) with temps in 40-50 F... Am I ok to check during this kind of weather? what is the downside to checking hives like this? Any answers would be helpfull..

O I live in Minnesota

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If you're worried about swarming, then add a super, but don't mess with the frames. If you do, you run the risk of chilled brood. Wait until it's at least 60 before you start pulling frames for inspection.
 

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The bees have been losing weight not gaining with this cold wet weather. If you do it quick you can pop the top and put on a super if you are worried about the bee room. When you get back and it is warmer you can do a better inspection. It will be warming up this weekend so the bees will be out foraging again.
 

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Yeah, the weather here in the midwest, great lakes area has been really lousy so far in May with few exceptions, makes it hard to do inspections at a time when you should be doing it more frequently.
 

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Thanks guys... I think I will go put on an extra one this afternoon... its 48 now and might get a bit warmer here in a few hours so Im hoping I wont run the risk of chillbrood. its gonna worry me the whole time on vacation.... guess Ill just have to drink a little more beer and let nature take its course:popcorn::popcorn:
 
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