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vmmartin
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« on: April 17, 2011, 08:47:29 AM »

Southeast Texas is in a very dry spell right now and there is a 500 acre forest fire a few miles away from my house/bee yard.  Yesterday was fairly smoky outside with prevailing winds blowing smoke and ash in my direction. With the dry weather, the bees do not seem to be putting much nectar up nor building hardly any new comb.  My concern is that with several hours of smoke, are they going to eat up what little reserves that they do have. Anybody have any experience with this scenario?
Sincerely waiting on rain.
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011, 08:59:05 AM »

I hope you house and yard stay safe Mike.
could you give them a little sugar water in the hive if they are not flying much from the smoke?
 Ziffa and I fed our ladies with a ziploc full of syrup with a few holes poked in it.

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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2011, 10:05:10 AM »

I had the same thing here two months ago Mike. The fire(s) 9,000 acres in all came within 1/2 mile of one bee yard and within a mile of another. We had smoke for a week or more in the area. I didn't notice any adverse effects on the bees. The up side is that the fire forced the saw palmettos to bloom Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2011, 10:20:27 AM »

That's good to hear Scott. Thanks for all your help at Bud3. Hope you and Peg are doing well.  Our property is not in any danger of the actual fire but thanks for the concern Hip.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2011, 08:32:23 PM »

Shucks martin you better leave and come on up here i can come up with a little something to keep you ocupied   ha
by the way thanks to you both fo all the help
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2011, 09:12:03 PM »

Glad to hear you're not in the fire-ing line. The folks 30 mile east of me, all the way to the coast, got tore up with tornadoes yesterday. 62 of them. We were lucky enough to only get rain.

Bud, hope that storm didn't get you.
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