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How warm should it be before you open your hives? I'me talking about a complete breakdown and inspection.
 

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A breezy cloudy 60 deg. day would keep me from pulling to many brood frames. But if it were sunny and no wind then 60 might work. 70 is my benchmark for pulling brood.
 

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Up here we don't have the luxery of waiting for even 60F days :D

Complete tear down... I would wait til' 60F to 70F. You're exposing brood alot longer. During tear down pull your frames and place them in a box along the side of where you're working. That will lessen the chill.

I have done brood swap in very chilly weather (like 40F). Wind is a bigger issue here. Make the swap quickly with plenty of attached bees into a small box and it work OK even at cool temps.
 

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I think in one of my early beek video's said ok at 50 deg and up, but at 50F keep it brief. I always make sure its 50F or higher and have not had a problem with my few hives.
 
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