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I took 4 colonies into my first winter last fall and it looks like I will be bringing 3 colonies out of winter this spring. My question though is how do I do that? At the present time I am feeding sugar blocks . It is not yet spring , but it was 61 degree's today . I have my hives wrapped in roofing paper and I have quilt boxes filled with shavings on top of them all . How will I know when it is time to un-wrap them and open up the hives for inspection? When do you empty the quilt boxes and undo the entrance reducer?
I learned a ton last year and I only have 40 more tons to go :)
 

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when the average nighttime temperatures are no longer freezing. (now I said Average) I pick a nice day when the bees are flying and go through the hive. look over the brood and stored, and search for signs of trouble. I determine which comb I will cycle out, swap boxes (lower to upper and vicar versa), add feeders etc.
 
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