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Offline Oblio13

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Found a tiny cluster in a nuc I thought was dead
« on: March 08, 2014, 05:04:29 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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Re: Found a tiny cluster in a nuc I thought was dead
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2014, 05:57:44 PM »
Golf ball size, not much hope for them in my book.


Offline Jim 134

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Re: Found a tiny cluster in a nuc I thought was dead
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2014, 07:19:47 PM »
I do hope the bees make it.




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Re: Found a tiny cluster in a nuc I thought was dead
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2014, 08:56:12 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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Re: Found a tiny cluster in a nuc I thought was dead
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2014, 09:19:48 AM »
 If they survive into spring, perhaps a frame a brood from a strong hive will get them going.

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Re: Found a tiny cluster in a nuc I thought was dead
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2014, 09:54:23 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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Re: Found a tiny cluster in a nuc I thought was dead
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2014, 01:47:52 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!