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« on: January 26, 2013, 07:19:59 PM »

I just got my computer back, so can finally look at the bee posts again! 

It's been pretty darn cold out there, and I've been seeing quite a few dead bees at the entrance area of both the new hives.  So, I went out and placed my ear up to the hives and felt some relief when I heard the deep buzzing inside.  This is my first winter with bee's, so I keep wondering if I should have done anything else, but so far so good.  I feed them quite a bit in the late fall, right up to mid November or so.  And, haven't done anything since.  They have two full deeps, so should have enough food stored, but if I were to supplement, how would I do it?  It's too cold to open the hive even for a short time!

Anyhow, I am also preparing a top bar hive for the spring, so would like to buy a local nuc come early April as well.  If there are any Hudson Valley, NY bee keepers out there that can help me just let me know!

It's good to be back!

Thanks, Rich
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2013, 08:37:00 PM »

Rich down here I can feed sugar syrup any time.  I know you can't and this doesn't help but it will put you back to the top of the pile.  Blue bee and some others mix up a sugar ball I think and give theirs.  maybe some one from your region will give you an answer.  good luck    I think we all sometimes wonder if we have done enough or the right thing for our bees especially when we can inspect them.



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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013, 08:01:37 AM »

Rich,
I have one weak hive I've been feeding plain old sugar ... its called the Mountain Camp method ... just pour a bunch of plain sugar onto the top of the inner cover.  You can also make up some fondant and make cakes and place them on top of the frames under the inner cover.  But you will need some mild weather for that ... tomorrow its suppose to go up to 10 celius around here (mid way between Ottawa and Kingston) ... I plan on adding some cakes then.
Good luck
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 06:46:41 PM »

I just found out a new bee supply store opened up just a couple of miles away. I was actually planning on opening one, since the nearest was almost 2 hours away!  Well, there goes my planning, but the close shop will save me a lot in gas money!  (They will be selling packages too.)

Thanks for the advice.

Rich
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2013, 10:35:54 AM »

Did you insulate your hives? I find screwing 2 inch foam insulation to the outside of the hive relatively easy to do. 
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 07:20:15 PM »

One of the hives is a 10 frame bee-max hive, and the other is 8 frame traditional wood.  I did strap 1.5 inch foam insulation around the wood hive, and put foam on top of them both with bricks holding it down.  I put some sugar water on the front feeders yesterday.  It was in the mid 40's yesterday and got close to 60 out there today, but the bees haven't touched the food at all.  I believe tomorrow will be around 50, and then back to the 20's and 30's over the weekend.  I didn't get a chance today to check on them.  Just too busy! 

Looking forward to spring!

Rich
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013, 06:40:44 AM »

Bees go up for food in the winter time NOT down.



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CATSKILL MOUNTAIN BKPRS CLUB
 Carol Clement
 Heather Ridge Farms
 989 Broome Center Rd
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EMPIRE STATE HONEY PRODUCERS ASSOC INC
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 FINGER LAKES BKPRS ASSOC
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 Newfield, NY 14867
 Phone: 607-564-0656
 Email: mhg3@cornell.edu
 
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LONG ISLAND BKPRS ASSOC
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 ONTARIO-FINGER LAKES BKPRS ASSOC
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 Sue Garing, President
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        BEE HAPPY Jim 134 Smiley
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"Tell me and I'll forget,show me and I may  remember,involve me and I'll understand"
        Chinese Proverb

"The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways."
 John F. Kennedy
Franklin County Beekeepers Association MA. http://www.franklinmabeekeepers.org/
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