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Discussion in 'Bees' started by bturbes, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. bturbes

    bturbes New Member

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    We where in Mexico is January and had the chance to talk with a local beekeeper.
    I asked how is bees where doing. He told me it was too cold for his bees.
    This is a picture of our bees in Minnesota in January.
    Right before I dug in to open up the bottom vent.
     

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  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    That is a good idea to make a wind block out of hay bales.

    Welcome to the site bturbes
     

  3. Charles

    Charles New Member

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    I was thinking the same, those look like straw bales, that'll keep them toasty warm...
     
  4. barry42001

    barry42001 New Member

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    I found that cold isn't what kills out colonies, but the wind does thats a clever setup when I was in upstate NY always placed the bees to have the tree screen behind them to break up the north winds :goodpost:
     
  5. bturbes

    bturbes New Member

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    I also placed a 4 inch thick piece of styrofoam on top of the cover.

    Too chicken to open up the hive and look inside. I guess I'll know in about a month if they survived.
     
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    rast New Member

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    "I found that cold isn't what kills out colonies"
    Yep, I learned a lot from that open air colony that I posted pictures of. They had survived several mornings of 20's and a lot of 30's, rain and sleet.
     
  7. G3farms

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    I have a hive in a chimney to get out this spring, just wondering how or if they made it through the winter. I was wondering if some heat out of the house might have kept them alive.

    G3