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Offline Bob Wilson

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Overwintering success.
« on: February 05, 2021, 11:51:22 am »
2019. My first year, I had a swarm just move straight into my new, empty Long langstroth, which I had just built. It was sitting in my yard, waiting for my swarm traps to catch a swarm. My long lang is 4 feet long, and holds 32 deep langstroth frames lined up like folders in a filing cabinet drawer. That is a tad over three deep hive boxes in a row. The swarm arrived late in the season and only filled out about thirteen frames. It over wintered fine.
2020. I mismanaged the 2019 hive that next spring. The bees backfilled the broodnest at the front entrance. It got congested and they swarmed... 3 times. I caught and hived those swarms, which also swarmed.
2021. Nevertheless, in spite of lack of understanding and proper managing, the three hives have overwintered well, with 3 or more frames of packed honey each. One is stressed some, and defensive. Another is also small, but calm and clean. The third is very large, strong, and calm.

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Re: Overwintering success.
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2021, 12:02:24 pm »
How do you manage a long hive where it does not get congested? What is your strategy this season? I do not have long hives, just interested.
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Re: Overwintering success.
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2021, 12:54:30 pm »
Greetings Ben. Check the other thread I just started.

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Re: Overwintering success.
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2021, 05:05:38 pm »
Will Do thanks Bob..
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.