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  Sunday, 16 February 2014
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Hello All,

Here is a link to EAS Masterbeekeeper George Imirie's Pink Pages. Just to provide some food for thought as we're getting so very close to warmer weather.


http://pinkpages.chrisbacherconsulting.com/2005_Feb_-_It_is_FEBRUARY_and_COLD_-_Are_your_bees_ALIVE.html
7 years ago
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#795
Checked bees today and added some pollen patties and sugar . One hive's cluster was 4-5 frames in width at the center of the
Box. The other was not doing so well..1-2 frames of bees to the left side of the box. Still capped honey in the middle frames. These were both very strong hives going into winter with plenty of honey. I wonder if I had a late swarm. There were not that many dead bees that I had scrape out of the bottom board. Not sure if the will make it... :-(
7 years ago
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#794
Thanks Peter. No offence. I realized my error after a bit of reading and replaced the syrup with granulated sugar -- all I had on hand. They seemed happy. I'll check the next warm spell. Thanks for the response.l

Ken


Speaking of feeding this time of year, when is the earliest you should start feeding pollen patties? If the queen is starting to lay is ther any benefit? And so far as feeding sugar goes I saw a video on youtube where some one pack sugar into a pan with a bit of water and let dry to a granular cake! Was wondering if you added honey bee healthy to the water if this might help with nosema?

What do you all think?
7 years ago
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#793
Thanks Peter. No offence. I realized my error after a bit of reading and replaced the syrup with granulated sugar -- all I had on hand. They seemed happy. I'll check the next warm spell. Thanks for the response.l

Ken
7 years ago
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#792
Hi Ken, from what I have been told, and read, you need to be careful with feeding sugar water when the temperature is cold, due to the inability to fly out and "cleanse". This past weekend was warm enought for cleansing flights, but with the cold forecast the liquid syrup may cause problems. I place fondant in cold weather to give them a treat. Good luck and hopefully your bees will make it OK. Think Spring.... (please do not be offended).
7 years ago
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#791
Being a first year beekeeper and it being a cold winter, I was also concerned about the health of my hive, so I took a peek in yesterday to see how the girls were faring (picture attached). Was happy to see so many still alive, but also a bit concerned they were all on the top of the frames and not below with the brood or near the honey stores. Fed them some sugar cake and will check again when it gets warm to see how they take to it. I'm thinking these months until early May are the most critical for the success of a hive.
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7 years ago
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#790
Warmed up here in Hinesburg to a sunny 44 degrees. Fed the bees that have made it thus far some 1:1 syrup. I'll take a peek today, if it's warm enough, to see if they are taking it in.
Ken
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