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Offline Tommyt

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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2010, 07:32:14 PM »
If the bees cluster, I would say the Heat is from with in" Radiate out"
If that is so ,Wouldn't matter much at all to take a look. If
You didn't draw a draft and chill the outside Bees, even then
If the Heat is from the Center Mass the bees are heated Like
A man if Front of a Radiator
Is there any Documented info on Center Temp
I would love to set a Prob into one and record the heat Changes

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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2010, 05:16:05 AM »
There is a guy in canada who winters two frame nucs and moves them into bigger nucs or adds frames of honey in march when still below or just above freezing.

In atlanta if you are just putting bags on top to feed them as long as its not windy, not below freezing, and the sun is shining, I would not be scared to open them and throw the bag on.  But im from Wisconsin and we wear shorts and t-shirts in weather that you guys wear long johns, stuffed jackets, gloves, hat and a scarf.  Just kidding but true.

I had a friend who I worked construction with after we grew up who had a mother in atlanta and his papa up here and days that I thought was perfect working weather in a long sleeve shirt he said you folks down there would be bundled up like you going to freeze to death.
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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2010, 09:03:43 AM »
Overall survival rate after third winter (in 4th now) experimenting with both opened and closed SBB Langs is better than 50%.  I've averaged between 3 and 7 colonies over last five years.  I don't know what to make of it and frankly I haven't done this long enough to form any definite conclusions, but those that survive w/out a bottom do seem to build up fast and strong in spring according to my notes, when compared to those that were closed.  The bees are the only experts.

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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2010, 10:13:06 AM »
bee-nuts - we're freezin' to death down here today!  (this morning wind chill about 14).  I have ALL my heavy gear on. :-P
My southern bees are saying "what happened???"

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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2010, 10:19:05 AM »
We had 4 at 6AM.  That's not wind chill.

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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2010, 10:34:47 AM »
And in the summer, when you are hiding inside in the air conditioning...... we are sitting on the porch in the shade, drinking ice tea.   :-D
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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #26 on: December 07, 2010, 11:16:31 AM »
31 @ 6:00am this morn...BRRR!

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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2010, 11:51:45 AM »
When I transported snakes in winter, I would wear a T-shirt only. When I was comfortable in the car, the snakes would be, too.

Work your bees in T-shirt and veil. Then you will know if it's too cold, and how long to stay in them.
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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #28 on: December 07, 2010, 12:25:28 PM »
Why in the h..ll would anyone transport SNAKES??????

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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #29 on: December 07, 2010, 12:35:15 PM »
Euphemism, Iddee used to chauffeur for the Chippendales :-D

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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #30 on: December 07, 2010, 12:42:46 PM »
Euphemism, Iddee used to chauffeur for the Chippendales :-D

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And he looked darn good in that T-shirt!   :-D
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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #31 on: December 07, 2010, 02:51:22 PM »
If your Place looks like this
NOT Good Time IMHO :-D
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Re: What outside temp is ok to check bees in winter?
« Reply #32 on: December 08, 2010, 08:36:37 AM »
Hey that's my house! Well not quite, we're up to the double digits around here. 10 degrees. Really early for such a cold snap, though we get colder in January.

In Fall, 40 seems cold, but by February, 40 is warm. Actually, I think 40 would seem warm today.

Since August, I've noticed my wild birds going wild over bird seed, eating it maybe 10 times faster than normal. Anyone else notice that? I've been worried that it's a sign of a cold winter, but we had a bad drought round these parts, so maybe there just ins't enough food in the wild. Or perhaps my neighbors have stopped feeding!

 

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