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How many colonies (full or nucs) have you lost this winter ?

0
36 (35%)
1
22 (21.4%)
2
17 (16.5%)
3
7 (6.8%)
4
6 (5.8%)
5
3 (2.9%)
6+
7 (6.8%)
10+
3 (2.9%)
20+
2 (1.9%)
50+
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 101

Voting closed: June 05, 2010, 10:11:57 AM

Author Topic: Winter Losses 2009/2010 Poll  (Read 4068 times)

Offline BenC

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Re: Winter Losses 2009/2010 Poll
« Reply #40 on: March 22, 2010, 08:25:22 PM »
Lost 24 of 24  :shock:  Needless to say I'll be setting up plenty of swarm traps in the next week or two.  What I think happened... Nearly all colonies did late supercedures last fall and didn't build up like they should have.  When I looked in on them in Feb, the ones that had already perished were very small clusters.  The ones that made it through until last week were also small clusters, then a nearby commercial beek got 2 truckloads of bees back from the almonds.  Two days of 65F+ temps, me off at work, nothing blooming yet, and my weak colonies less than 1/4 mile from a lot full of hives busting at the seams and my colonies were quickly finished off.

Offline Natalie

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Re: Winter Losses 2009/2010 Poll
« Reply #41 on: March 23, 2010, 01:41:46 PM »
Oh Man, I am so sorry to hear that. Best of luck building back up again.

Offline KD4MOJ

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Re: Winter Losses 2009/2010 Poll
« Reply #42 on: March 23, 2010, 02:53:27 PM »
What the heck are all you people talking about!  It is STILL winter here!  We had 4 inches of snow yesterday and last year it snowed on JUNE 6!

  YUK! Now I know why I live in Florida!  :-D

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Offline CVBees

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Re: Winter Losses 2009/2010 Poll
« Reply #43 on: March 23, 2010, 03:55:24 PM »
Lost 24 of 24  :shock:  Needless to say I'll be setting up plenty of swarm traps in the next week or two.  What I think happened... Nearly all colonies did late supercedures last fall and didn't build up like they should have.  When I looked in on them in Feb, the ones that had already perished were very small clusters. 

Seriously sucky news Ben and since I barely live 45 min from you that is bothering.  I work in Frederick and live just PA side of Emmitsburg.  If you need a hand with anything (purely labor related)  Just let me know I am starving for experience since I am a first year.  Good luck with the build up.

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