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Author Topic: Getting ready for "Snowpocalypse"  (Read 446 times)
The Bix
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« on: April 08, 2013, 10:57:53 PM »

Actually not so worried about the snow, we get springs storms a lot in April in Colorado.  However, forecasted low on Tuesday night is in the single digits F.  THAT is unusual this time of year.  These hives have 4 or 5 frames of brood, fortunately they all have large populations....still, I am concerned about them.

Steel Tiger
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2013, 12:58:55 AM »

Hopefully they'll cluster together around the brood. Wish you luck with them
Galactic Bee
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2013, 03:18:45 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2013, 10:00:24 AM »

Looks like you have them fairly well protected, and with large clusters I would think they will do fine if they are generally healthy.  I think in such cold it is important to protect them from wind, as leaks and air movement in the hive would make it much more difficult for the cluster to maintain temperature.  I would wrap them good, except the entrance of course, which hopefully is down wind, and remove it after the storm if you are concerned with moisture buildup. But I live in an area of very low humidity (high desert) so never have to worry about (so don't know much about) moisture measurement. The moisture the bees produce evaporates away quickly here.
Vance G
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2013, 11:12:02 AM »

We have four inches of snow on the ground and it was near single digits  last night.  Sure glad my bees are still wrapped for winter.  Hope it was enough.
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2013, 12:01:48 PM »

If they started to make drones, don't be surprised to see a lot of them being pulled out of the hives when it warms up. Happens every time we get a cold snap in the spring here. Drone brood is normally on the outer frames or down low so they abandon them to protect the worker brood.

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