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Offline Buffomatic

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Winter feeding in the deep, deep South
« on: January 22, 2012, 01:17:15 AM »
Is anybody else having to feed their girls at this time of the year?
I live on the Gulf Coast of MS. Almost all of the winter stores are
gone. They had 40lbs at the start of winter, they are still bringing in pollen.
Weather highs have been in 60's/70's. I put 3/2 syrup on them.

J.P. I am about 100 mile east of you in Pascagoula, any advise?

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Re: Winter feeding in the deep, deep South
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2012, 08:28:40 PM »
Hi Buff,

I fed some last month when the temperatures were in the 60s.  I fed really thick stuff as well.  I also put dry sugar on the top, in the mountain camp style.

My big hive is still heavy as all get out, but my 2 little one (from a late split) are light and they've eaten all of the sugar from the top. I am trying to decide what is best to do as well with February and March ahead.  I will definitely be putting dry sugar on top again.  Not sure about the syrup. I've always read that spring feeding should be 1:1 to encourage brood building, but not sure if that is what we want to be doing now.

Hopefully, someone with more experience will advise.  It sure has been a weird winter, my bees have been flying almost constantly.  I'm not sure they ever really clustered.

good luck! 

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Re: Winter feeding in the deep, deep South
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2012, 08:32:29 PM »
Im not deep, deep South but I started feeding mine 2 days ago 1:1.

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Re: Winter feeding in the deep, deep South
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2012, 09:45:54 PM »
   This was a cut out, we did during the summer. I checked the brood pattern
and my queen is laying full frames. We have a few more hives about 10 miles north
of here and those boxes have plenty of stores and the queen is laying right in the center
of the frame. we have not had much of a winter, maybe 1 or 2 nights in the  upper 20's.
 
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Re: Winter feeding in the deep, deep South
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2012, 11:22:36 PM »
If the queen is laying full frames, they need a lot of groceries and if they are light as you say, they will starve without it.  I would get the feed on them and make sure you keep an eye on them so they don't get enough stored feed to get in the mood to swarm.  Quit feeding when they have some stores and make sure they don't run out of room.  Too many bees is a terrible problem! 

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Re: Winter feeding in the deep, deep South
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2012, 11:43:39 PM »
I have been feeding nuc's, they are growing fast, don't want them to run out when or if winter stays awhile' my large hive, I put some open feeders out for them during this hot spell, never hurts to feed especially if they need it.
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Re: Winter feeding in the deep, deep South
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012, 01:41:36 PM »
>I am about 100 mile east of you in Pascagoula,
Is that where that squirrel went to chruch? :-D

It's warm here also in middle TN. I put out some hive bodies with sugar sprayed with water and the bees are working it pretty good. I checked stores yesterday and they seem to have plenty but if they want to work I gave them something to work.

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Re: Winter feeding in the deep, deep South
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2012, 07:27:15 PM »
Yes and we have alot of squirrels, and a whole bunch of nuts!

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Re: Winter feeding in the deep, deep South
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2012, 11:15:17 PM »
if she is laying full frames i would feed if they are low on honey.they will starve at this time of year,too many mouth's to feed with nothing coming in.
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