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Anyone check bees after the -20 degree temps end of janurary yet? I am nervous to check mine. What is a good temp to wait for to pop the top and look inside?
 

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Checked mine when we had that warm up a week or so ago temps got in the 50's and alot of bee's were flying and getting a good cleansing flight , the snow all around the hives was a yellow brown color , I also put more sugar bricks on while it was warm.
 

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I'm west of you in Iowa where we also had -20. All 5 of my hives are alive and well. I checked during the 50 degree days. Added sugar and winter patties to top them off, but they still had some.
 

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Nothing to be gained by checking unless you are prepared to add sugar bricks to keep them form starving. It was -25 here and I will be opening to put on pollen patties in a week irregardless of the weather. My wraps are designed to be opened and closed in seconds.
 

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I went and check today. Didnt open just checked entrances, knocked on sides heard a buzz in two of four. Seen activity at 2 or the hives cleansing flights. Looks like some mouse activity too. ☹☹☹ Hope they didnt get in. I have mouse guards and there is no where for them to get in i hope. Think there are in the hive Cousy.
 

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One of the active one was a swam i caught in late August. I didnt think that would survive, although they had a full super. They took in 6 gallons of fall syrup.
 
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