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  Wednesday, 28 January 2015
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I'm always nervous my hives don't have enough air flow. Today I went out after this latest snow to clear my entrances and noticed that my upper entrances were frozen closed. I also made sure I cleared all the dead bees weren't clogging my entrances which are all wide open. No entrance reducers.
7 years ago
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#1119
David, altho I have not seen what you have witnessed with your entrances being completely blocked, it has prompted me to get off my butt and check my hives. Thank You
7 years ago
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#1118
This morning...one of my top openings
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7 years ago
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#1117
WOW I just came from out in the yard and most of my upper entrances were frosty frozen over... so I guess that a good indication they're all still alive. cleaned the entrances again as well.
7 years ago
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#1116
We were talking this week at the VBA meeting saying moisture kills more than cold. So try and keep those openings clear. No reducer top inner cover slot open to the front and don't forget to dig out the dead in your entrances. a yardstick works.
7 years ago
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#1115
It's very interesting I think we all have the same concerns. Wintering only one or two swarms it seems nothing is the same two years in a row. I too am concerned about the ventilation and check after every storm, hoping I have done enough to help the bees get the air circulation they need. I didn't do anything to guard against mice except for an entrance reducer which does'nt do anything to guard against mice. I did notice a tunnel from the bottom of the hive to the entrance which could only mean mice were entering the hive. I hope I wasn't too late in putting the mouse guard on.
7 years ago
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#1114
Yesterday I went out to check on my hives, and clear the entrances. At one, I saw little mouse tracks coming around from one side, and there were a couple of what looked like attempts to enter the hive. Being unsuccessful, the tracks then continued off the other way. So glad I have mouse guards on! See photo.

Sue
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