52 DEGREES HERE AND ALL 8 ARE FLYING

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  1. Sour Kraut

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    Brief period of really calm and sunny today, 52 degrees, activity at all 8 entrances.

    Going to get colder next week, though.
     
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    I have to do fondant in the morning. I made it last night, but had grandson here and wanted time with him so I waited and missed my daylight window. going to be 49 in the morning and then dropping
     

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    and now the opposite extreme
    -13 New Year's morning, -10 today
    although we MAY see 35 on Saturday....too cold for them to fly, though
     
  4. roadkillbobb

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    this past week and today its been bouncing between 20F and 10F.....next week its suppose to rise a little in temp, I did do an oxilic acid vapor treatment on then last week, I used my home made vaporizer , it took a few minutes. id like to check the mite count and put more fondant in on a warmer day..
     
  5. Gypsi

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    I'm checking hives Sunday. for right now they all have fondant and a foam board on top, and I have no idea what is going on inside but they were alive before the weather got cold. It didn't get over freezing here today. It was warmer in anchorage alaska (41F) than in Fort WorthTX (26 F)
     
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    50 degrees today and I have activity at all 8 entrances
    so far, so good...............
     
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    after a week plus of 0 to 20F temps its just about 40 now and I see some bees coming and going from the hive, I looked and thy still have a bunch of fondant, ill add some more before the cold temps settle back in..
     
  8. Gypsi

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    Mine are coming and going, hitting pollen sub and open feed syrup, but tomorrow I'll be putting fresh fondant in them, and if the nuc is still alive, moving those bees to the top box of the one with 3 boxes, sticking a queen excluder or screen in between. Haven't checked today, went and did my outyard first.
     
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    well the one day of 50F came and gone..lol..its back down to 20F, I put in a bunch of fondant on the warm day and the bees did some house cleaning by taking out the dead bees, not too many so I was happy to see that....to say this weather is crazy would be an under statement..
     
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    Our high here tomorrow will be about 30. with icy roads and sleet and empty grocery stores.
     
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    LOL..people are nuts, they hear snow or bad weather and they buy a months worth of groceries for a few days like they will be buried alive for weeks at a time..
     
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    I don't. If it lasts over 2 days it was a real bad freeze around here. Bunny is already out of the garage and back in her outdoor hutch.
     
  13. Sour Kraut

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    So far so good here in The Flatlands.

    All 8 were flying strongly on 55 degrees yesterday.

    Have been feeding 1:1 sugar syrup for about 3 weeks now to kick-start the brood-rearing; quart jars over hole in inner cover; plus an animal food pan with old bricks, full of water available and on a good flying day the 8 will take 2-3 quarts of water total.

    Cool wet weather forecast for the next 6-10 days though, so will keep feeding till flowers etc get into full bloom.

    I predict a TON of swarms this year, weather pattern is ideal, with the confinement due to rain and cold; once it warms up its going to be Swarm City.
     
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    Good for you! Swarms are already happening here, I was too sick to go get one last week, so someone else got it. I've got bait hives in the apiary and need to look in my hives, see if any are approaching swarm and maybe do some splits
     
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    I was hoping today was going to be warm like the weather forecasted, but its cloudy and cool, I want to open the hive and see if they are planning a swarm and to split the hive before they swarm..ill see how the day goes...this weather is fked up to say the least...now the forecast is calling for 1 to 3 inches of snow tonite and tomorrow..these bees dont know WTF is going on..lol...it was warm out a few weeks ago and then we got 8 inches of snow, then it warmed up and the bees must have thought it was spring and went out for a fly around, but I found hundreds of dead bees in the snow, like they landed on the snow and the cold froze them, as you could see the bees melted into the snow before dying...I checked the top of the hive quick and there were still lots of bees inside, but im sure this up and down in the temp is throwing many bees for a loop..I guess I will put off opening them up till stable warmish weather..unreal...
     
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  16. Gypsi

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    They also toss the winter's dead bodies out on warm days, so probably your hive is ok. Bees are wiser than we are sometimes.
     
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    im sure some were winter dead, but many were still alive in the snow and then they died, I checked a few times during the day in the snow...also a few weeks ago there were alot of dead brood infront of the hive, like a false start to spring then it got cold again and the brood froze and they cleaned them out..
     
  18. Gypsi

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    sounds like you are right
     
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    well yesterday afternoon did warm up to about mid 50s and this morning there is 4 inches of snow on the ground and getting deeper :eek:, so much for hive inspection for a while...
     
  20. Gypsi

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    I've had so many family issues I haven't gotten an inspection in this year. It's not weather here.