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Offline achunter

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Feeding and wintering
« on: October 04, 2009, 08:50:56 PM »
I have 2 weak hives going into winter one was a swarm i caught late and a spit i made to try and prevent the swarm prior to them swarming darn bees anyhow they do not have enough stores to make it through winter and iv been feeding them from the time i realized they wouldn't have enough is it possible to get them through the winter on solely feeding?? If not what should I do? and if it is possible exactly when should i feed them each day and at what ratio?
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Re: Feeding and wintering
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2009, 09:06:06 PM »
I wouldn't feed syrup much longer because of the moisture content.  You might consider a candy board or dry sugar.  And yes you can winter them with just feed.

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Re: Feeding and wintering
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2009, 07:08:55 PM »
alright so in order to get them through winter i need to solely feed them dry sugar?? how do i do that? iv never had a weak colony before going into winter can someone please help me out on exactly what to do
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Re: Feeding and wintering
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2009, 09:03:11 PM »
I live outside of philly- i am about to stop syrup- dont know if it is really productive since they have lots of stores.

It is getting too cold to really feed syrup after another week.  They have to still evaporate the syrup.  I dont have any good advice for you.  I dont think at this point it will hurt to still try and feed them 2:1

My problem is mouse guards-  It is 70h 45 lo here and about time to put mouse guard on but if i do it really restricts the bees-  there is a big jam in the front and there are still bringing in pollen.--any suggestions.  My hive entrance is about 12 inches off the ground in a suburban back yard.  Any adive regaridng the mouse guard- when to put it on completely for the winter.  If i wiat too long I may get a mouse- but if I put on too early i restrict hive flow--any thoughts?

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Re: Feeding and wintering
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2009, 09:50:20 PM »
My problem is mouse guards-  It is 70h 45 lo here and about time to put mouse guard on but if i do it really restricts the bees-  there is a big jam in the front and there are still bringing in pollen.--any suggestions.  My hive entrance is about 12 inches off the ground in a suburban back yard.  Any adive regaridng the mouse guard- when to put it on completely for the winter.  If i wiat too long I may get a mouse- but if I put on too early i restrict hive flow--any thoughts?

1/2" hardware cloth works great without having to reduce the entrance.
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Re: Feeding and wintering
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2009, 10:05:45 PM »
I have 2 weak hives going into winter one was a swarm i caught late and a spit i made to try and prevent the swarm prior to them swarming darn bees anyhow they do not have enough stores to make it through winter and iv been feeding them from the time i realized they wouldn't have enough is it possible to get them through the winter on solely feeding?? If not what should I do? and if it is possible exactly when should i feed them each day and at what ratio?
Thanks a lot!
Alex


No amount of feed will carry a "weak" hive through winter.

If by chance you have a "light" hive, you may want to place some fondant on the hives.
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Re: Feeding and wintering
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2009, 10:51:28 PM »
sorry, i have a colony with a crap load of bees but not enough honey stores to get them through winter...whats fondant?

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Re: Feeding and wintering
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2009, 11:17:56 PM »
Look at this thread. Do a search for mountaincamp method

http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,19148.0.html :shock:
Winter Ventilation: Wet bees die in hours maybe minutes, no matter how much honey is in the hive.

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Re: Feeding and wintering
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2009, 10:37:41 PM »
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Re: Feeding and wintering
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2009, 09:15:04 PM »
I am in Texas. We are about to have our 2nd minor honeyflow.

I have 3 hives that are light due to being nucs and cutouts. Any reason I can't feed them 2:1 for a month?  Well, aside from the fact the humidity this week has been at 95%, but I expect it to get drier next week.
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