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Offline Ben Framed

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Problems In Winter Beekeeping
« on: December 24, 2022, 11:30:07 am »
What are some of the problems you have encountered in your winter beekeeping experiences and how do you, or did you, fix the same?
Examples: Dead outs, Skunks, Hungry Bear, Low Stores, Moisture, Knocked over Hives  etc...

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Re: Problems In Winter Beekeeping
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2022, 11:39:43 am »
Both moisture and ice can be a problem here.  I found that a few lbs of dry sugar on the inner cover not only absorbed a lot of the moisture but doubled as emergency food.

For both snow and ice I use a piece of plywood at an angle to keep the entrance open.  An A-frame kind of thing.  The ice is bad because it seals everything up and takes much longer to melt off than just snow.
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Re: Problems In Winter Beekeeping
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2022, 06:35:54 pm »
All right I?m
In south Florida and my bees fly year round except for today. 30 degrees hit us and I saw not one bee come out of the box. Two more days of sub 50 weather May keep these girls inside.
I was gonna ask what a pop up cold spell does to bees that enjoy this southern Florida weather all year round?
Hopefully they are in there keeping warm
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world