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After watching many videos from Poland, Ukraine and Russia, I decided to make one myself in broken English:

Ep.1 Extreme wintering

My intention is to make an episode every week and see how long they will survive.
I have no opinion on this topic, so I will not be engaged in discussion.

Channels that inspired me to do this experiment are listed on my channel.
 

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One week into queen confinement experiment. Checking for emergency queen cells.

Ep.2 Extreme wintering
 

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GG,
Beekeepers from Eastern Europe are using this method for many years. Also Randy Oliver mentions in his video on varroa management that it also used in Italy, but I don't speak Italian, so I don't know.
Videos from those beekeepers, whom I listed on my channel, explain benefits of queen confinement.
First of all it is stopping varroa breeding cycle and preventing mite crash in the fall.
Second, it is preventing winter brood and reducing winter honey consumption.
There are other uses and benefits of caging the queen, but those two are most valuable.
So I decided to make this information available to English speaking audience in my rudimentary English.
I am not aiming to create a discussion about it, just show an experiment and everyone can make their own conclusions.
S.B.
 

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Ep.3 Extreme wintering.
2 weeks of queen confinement. Robbing prevention, bulk feeding.

 

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Ep.4 Extreme wintering.
3 weeks of queen confinement. Varroa mite treatment with oxalic acid dribble.

 

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Why "extreme wintering" though?
Nothing extreme was done just yet. :)
Confining a queen for 6 months is extreme enough by most beekeepers standards.
In fact the name for series came as direct translation from Russian Экстремальная зимовка,
which is the name of a book written by guru of queen confinement Vladimir Malykhin from Ukraine.
Here is very long video illustration for his book, one can fast forward through it and find many interesting moments without understanding a language:

 

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Ep.6 Extreme wintering.
6 weeks of queen confinement. Arranging compact winter nest. Checking winter supplies.

 

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Extreme beekeeping - winter experiment. Ep.9
3 months of queen confinement. November inspection.

 

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Extreme beekeeping - winter experiment. Ep.10
4 months of queen confinement. December inspection.

 

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Extreme beekeeping - winter experiment. Ep.11
4 months and 2 weeks of queen confinement. Christmas inspection.

 

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Extreme beekeeping - winter experiment. Ep.12
5 months of queen confinement. January inspection.

 
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