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House Bee
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« on: March 08, 2014, 04:04:29 PM »

About the size of a golf ball. Made sure they were in contact with a frame of honey and we'll see if they can make a miracle come-back. The forecast is for at least another week with temps as low as 8F, so I'm not real confident, but it was still a pleasant surprise.
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2014, 04:57:44 PM »

Golf ball size, not much hope for them in my book.

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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2014, 06:19:47 PM »

I do hope the bees make it.

                  BEE HAPPY Jim 134 Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2014, 07:56:12 AM »

i did a cut out in october 2 years ago that wasn't much bigger and they got through the winter but they weren't able to build up.  you never know, though.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2014, 08:19:48 AM »

 If they survive into spring, perhaps a frame a brood from a strong hive will get them going.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2014, 08:54:23 AM »

I've had one baseball sized colony come back, a few softball sized…but never a golfball sized one.  We wish them luck….they deserve it.

Agreed - if you have some to spare, a frame or two of brood borrowed from another colony could bring success.

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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2014, 12:47:52 PM »

I have a baseball size colony this year that is just hanging on.  There was very little brood being raised.  I guess because there were too few bees to keep it warm.  I shook a few bees from a neighboring very strong colony into the hive last weekend and we'll see how they do.  Out of 11 colonies going into winter I still have 11 alive and I couldn't make myself give up on this one.  Good luck!
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