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« on: March 07, 2011, 02:22:46 PM »

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One hive is at the pic corner  7 o'clock

Hives above snow have 2 boxes.

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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011, 03:13:23 PM »

If you come out of winter with live bees in all that snow and cold you must be doing at least 1 or 2 things right Finski   grin
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011, 03:29:05 PM »

Geez, what a pic.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011, 04:08:31 PM »

great job.... but why would you live at the Arctic circle     rolleyes rolleyes
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011, 05:15:22 PM »

How do the bees breathe?  Where do they get ventilation?

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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011, 05:35:10 PM »

There is air in the snow .

My hives looked like that 3 weeks ago , now there is an open  space between the snow and the hives , I think the bees vent out air and the wind causes an open space between the hive and the snow,

If this doesnt happen then you know that the hive did not survive the winter. Sad

In Sweden we have ventilation through the bottom , or over the floor of the hive not through the roof.

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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011, 05:35:56 PM »

Awesome pic Finski! I'd love to have a poster of that.

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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011, 07:40:35 PM »

In Sweden we have ventilation through the bottom , or over the floor of the hive not through the roof.
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I would love to see a photo of a Swedish hive.  (I lived in Sweden for 4 years, Umea and Goteborg).   We have friends in Gavle, a dentist named Lars Dahlberg.
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011, 03:02:08 AM »

I have seen Lars´s advertisements in the news paper ,but I don't know him , I have a sister in Umeå

Why wood you want to leave Sweden?  rolleyes

Will take some pictures and try to post them  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011, 06:58:50 AM »

Why wood you want to leave Sweden?  rolleyes
Ett ord..... vinter.   grin
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2011, 11:05:56 AM »

A MSU video on wintering bees. Some pics visualizations similar to Finski's but from Michigan.

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« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2011, 11:50:14 AM »

Very interesting Finski!  Thanks for sharing.  I'm in Alaska & my hives didn't survive the winter but we didn't have that much snow around the hives.  It probably acts as insulation?  FG
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« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2011, 12:22:49 PM »

Very interesting Finski!  Thanks for sharing.  I'm in Alaska & my hives didn't survive the winter but we didn't have that much snow around the hives.  It probably acts as insulation?  FG

Snow is not a surviving question. Under snow hives do worse than in winter when we have about 30 cm snow. Snow keeps hives moist and dead bees exist on bottoms more than in hives which are half covered with snow.
We all have insulated hives here. That is on main point. It saves 1/3 food. Hives use on average 20 kg and the saving is 10 kg.

Small  colonies cannot stand cold and they will be full of poo before cleansing flight.
Small clusters must work too hard to keep themselves warm.
 
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