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Author Topic: Initial findings of Winter Bee Colony Losses  (Read 258 times)
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« on: May 08, 2013, 09:23:00 AM »

Interesting stuff....

http://beeinformed.org/2013/05/winter-loss-survey-2012-2013/

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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 10:24:04 AM »

It would be interesting to know how many of these operations are using chemicals and how many were chemical free. huh
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 11:11:09 AM »

>It would be interesting to know how many of these operations are using chemicals and how many were chemical free

That information was collected and I suspect as the data is analyzed those numbers will be published.
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 12:24:57 PM »

Thanks for the post.  That was interesting. 

I attempted to winter a good many small colonies (4 frames or less) this past winter and the cold did in a lot of them (but not all).  They froze in place after about the 4th cold wave.  I also lost a few larger colonies due to varroa (most of the bees had vamoosed before they froze).   I didn’t treat for mites, I will this year.  The cold was more deadly than varroa in my case.
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