hives surviving winter with queen excluders

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by riverrat, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    I had 5 hives I couldnt get in last fall to pull honey. Since they was in a remote area and weather wouldnt permit. they was overwintered with 2 medium honey supers and a queen excluder I finally got around to geting out there this morning to pick up the deadouts. And to my suprise 4 of the 5 hives are still going strong. Total suprise to find the bees in the top deep. Along with brood. All I can figure is they didnt move on up since they had enough moved down to winter on. Has anyone else seen this happen
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Lucky duck you are.

    I would say they were busy moving honey down stairs before it got too cold.
     

  3. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    It suprised me i went out to load up the dead outs. After last fall I'm going to move hive where its easier to get into. While its great to have hives in a remote area to keep people away from them. I got to remote and it kept me out as well
     
  4. PerryBee

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    Smart bees! :thumbsup:
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    and you thought you were needed?