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The weather here has been anywhere from 28 degrees to 15 degrees.

A near by tree farm has called me several times last year to get a hives out of their baby owl boxes(8" x 10" x 14") - well I got a call last week for another hive in the owl boxes, fortunately they let me bring the owl box home until weather improves and I can re-hive them into a standard hive. I brought the hive inside my house(everything is closed up so they can't get out) and they have really come to life.

Did I make a mistake by bringing them into the house?? I wanted them warmer so they would have a better chance of survival, the box is heavy so they propable have plenty of stores.

I would really like to put them into a standard hive right now so they would have room to expand and grow, hopefully they would get a early start for spring, any suggestions on what to do here??
 

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Thanks dcross,

I guess I was wrong... Ill move them back outside.
 

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now would be a good time to start that observation hive that you want.
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You could just provide them with an exit to the outside. I've never done this but have heard that the bees know not to fly out when it's too cold. I have reoved bees from house walls/ceilings where I'm sure they must have been toasty warm all winter! I wanted to try this for overwintering NUCs but my wife wouldn't let me. :cool:
 

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clinton, I already have a observation hive and have no other parts to build another. Ive exacted out these hives out of owl boxes and they are about 5 frames of comb inside. I will have to wait until weather improves enough to extract them and re-hive them into something larger.
 
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