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Offline ooptec

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Wow, I wish it was me
« on: November 13, 2007, 06:23:10 PM »
Hey,

Got eMail from North Dakota, actually not too far from me in Saskatchewan

They want to try and save them

I hope I can help and get a plan together that will.  Just needed a little bit more info. from them to continue on.

Fascinating pics eh?? Industrious ladies





Cheers

peter

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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007, 07:22:00 PM »
Great pictures. I wish I could find somethinglike that.

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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2007, 07:37:59 PM »
Is that two different colonies? How long they been there? I would leave them alone until spring time.
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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2007, 08:01:09 PM »
You need to get thim in a box... Dont think they will make it through a North Dakota winter. Neat pics

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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2007, 08:22:15 PM »
Why wouldn't they make it?
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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2007, 09:05:25 PM »
I think they are in a place to open to stay out of the weather they get in the winter in north dakota. Snow , Ice , sleet, cold.. You think they could make it ?

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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2007, 09:12:04 PM »
snow and rain cant get them and if they have the stores and not burn through them keeping warm they will be fine..... oh very nice pictures of a beautiful hive....
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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2007, 09:24:31 PM »
Aren't bees Fantastic.I removed a hive just like that in Pasadena California a couple of years ago.
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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2007, 09:30:52 PM »
I would be concerned also that the cold would get them. If they have a blanket of snow on them and they are not able to keep warm, how could they survive? I would leave them there but construct a box over the hive of course leaving an entrance. I would insulate the box. Come spring I would then do a transfer. My .02.
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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2007, 09:42:14 PM »
I don't know why you could not  get them in a box and they still make it.

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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2007, 10:22:52 PM »
Something like JP suggested might work. Then hive them in the spring. I just dont think they will make it in the open area they are in. When I read all the posts about people in the north worrying about getting thier hives through the winter IN a hive It makes me wonder how they could possibly make it where they are hanging.BUT I've been wrong before. But dont tell anyone :-D

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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2007, 10:49:24 PM »
They would make it because people haven't manipulated them.
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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2007, 11:26:39 PM »
If they make it through winter like they are then their is no need to insulate, wrap, or wory about those other northern bees in the wooden hives.

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« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2007, 02:02:27 AM »
Contrary to what some might think, bees do not always choose perfectly. Sometimes they swarm too late for their own good and don't winter well and starve, and they don't always pick the best location to place their hive. Example, I have seen on several ocassions, hives set up on a side of a house that as summer progressed got increasingly warmer which made the combs melt, detach and fall, creating a mess of things, weakening the hive, inviting waxmoth thus leading to their demise.

Dallas, the two hives pictured have all the resources, most likely, to survive where they are to get them through winter, but they are exposed to the elements and this is why I would construct something over them to shield them, giving them the edge they just might need to weather winter, better. As for as removing them and doing a transfer, It is most likely too late for this as winter is coming very soon and doing this does not give them ample time to rebuild to the point of wintering strength.
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« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2007, 08:13:40 AM »
I think outdoor nests are usually not a plan but just what happened when they got stuck and couldn't find a suitable cavity.  The bees, full of honey, start making wax, so they start drawing it so the queen starts laying in it and then they are stuck.

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Re: Wow, I wish it was me
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2007, 09:02:59 AM »
Not to change the subject, but J.P., what is that icon? It reminds of me of something from Gumby.

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