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First off my name is Rick and I am an Agriculture Teacher in Oklahoma. I have been facinated by bees all my life and now, since all my children have left home, have time to begin a new hobby. I would like to thank all of you for the advise you are going to give me in the future, and I have a lot of questions. I have a colony of bees that was given to me, but the thing is they are in a hollow log. It is late August and I am afraid to try to hive them so I think I will leave them in the log for winter and hive them in the spring. Is this the correct thing to do or not.
 

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Welcome Rick, bees will stop flying and need to cluster below 50 degrees. I think you will have a few weeks to get them in a new home before then. You will be better able to feed an inspect a modern hive.
 

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It largely depends on your area, but it is questionable if you can get them to build comb and build up enough to get them through the winter. It would be better to ask a local beekeeper's association though.

Welcome, none the less. Keep the questions coming!
 
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