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Offline Davepeg

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Install on cool damp day
« on: March 26, 2013, 05:51:48 PM »
In Rockland county ny - we are below normal temps and cool, damp.  Just had a snow shower go by.... picked up a package today from Hudson bee supply.  It's their first year selling bees.  Came up from GA just today.  We usually feed bee tea, but is it too cold?  Should I just be feeding fondant (which I need a recipe for).
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Re: Install on cool damp day
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2013, 08:41:37 PM »
The first time we got bees it was 22 degrees during the overnights and struggling for 40 daytime. We fed syrup inside the hive and they built comb, released the queen and gathered pollen when the sun was out and wind was calm.
We put the package in one deep with foundation and set a quial feeder on the top of the frsmes in one of the corners. We surrounded that with a second deep box and crumpled up newspaper to fill the empty space. Over that we put the inner cover and outer cover.It  worked just fine.
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Re: Install on cool damp day
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 08:47:48 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions.  I installed in a medium - first time, we usually use deeps but I find them to be getting to heavy for me to handle anymore.  Put a top feeder on with bee tea.  Since our temps will be in in the 50's this week I think we should be okay.  The trees are just waiting to open so the girls will have something to feast on in a few days!
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Re: Install on cool damp day
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013, 06:52:39 PM »
It sounds like this weekend will be warmer and some sun. All should go well. :)

 

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