My 2011 bee season starts tomorrow

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Duck1968, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. Duck1968

    Duck1968 New Member

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    I am picking up 2 4lb. packages tomorrow and the weather forecast is “Windy. Rain and snow. Colder. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Highs in the lower 40s.†It looks like it will be a day or two before I can hive them.

    1 How long can they be left caged?
    2 where is the best place to keep them?

    The weather this spring is driving me nuts. I have 500 acres of corn and soy beans I want to start planting but the ground is still too cold.

    Brian
     
  2. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    #1 until the syrup can runs dry. which is not very long. when you ship packages the largest 'cause' of a package arriving dead is the syrup can simply ran dry.

    #2 the book says in a well drained spot (this somewhat impacts some health issues). I would guess in Nebraska a sheltered place that might give the hive some protection from winter storms. I personally like to place them in some corner where animal and human traffic is minimal.
     

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    indypartridge New Member

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    Are you asking where is the best place to keep the package until you can install?

    If so, someplace dark and cool, like a basement.
     
  4. Duck1968

    Duck1968 New Member

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    Thanks

    yes that is what I needed to know. I put them in a dark corner of the basement. It looks like tomorrow will be sunny and in the upper 50's so I should be able to install them.

    Brian
     
  5. Duck1968

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    It warmed up today and I got the packages installed.