Winter kill rates

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by BjornBee, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    interesting tidbit cow pollinator and yes I see your dilema.

    I think a little birdy told me they had a very unusual summer in North Dakota. I will check with my North Dakota queen cell rearing associate in SE Texas to see how his stuff is doing (he has winter bees in both Texas and California).
     
  2. BjornBee

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    Spent the day at the farm with the kids. Checked the 23 nucs there. 21 alive. I almost never try to overwinter much at this location since it is a VERY windy spot. But these were the last ones that just did not get moved. :thumbsup:

    I'm sleeping well tonight....
     

  3. sqkcrk

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  4. Iddee

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    All 3 hives alive and well. I did put 4 lbs. of sugar on one, just for insurance.
     
  5. sqkcrk

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    I don't see how you can have only 3 hives. But I guess it suits you.
     
  6. Iddee

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    Better winter success if you sell them all in the fall and get new "free bees" in the spring and summer. :thumbsup:

    I do mostly swarm catch, removals and trap outs. A few splits. There's not enough forage here to make excess honey.
     
  7. BjornBee

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    Went out to another yard today. 31 nucs alive....2 dead.

    Total so far for nucs... 120 alive and 23 dead.

    So far, so good.....
     
  8. riverrat

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    checked hives today

    checked my 50 over wintered hives today I have so far zero loses but had 2 hives that had disentery or nozema issues some where a little light going to do the sugar on the top thing until I can get feed on in late february I know that losses usually occur when broad rearing kicks in in february but so far most are heavy and looking good hope everyone is having this same luck this winter
    :beg:
     
  9. BjornBee

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    I'm not hearing too many good stories here on the east coast. Starved out hives seem common. I have not checked my full size hives yet.

    riverrat, way to go! I hope mine look that good.
     
  10. tecumseh

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    it looks like 'winter losses' on the overwintered nucs (approximately 50) is about 5%.

    so far onely one full hive loss... the signs of massive robbing suggest the hive had issues.
     
  11. fatbeeman

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    with all the rain then extream cold we took a hit too mostly starved from not flying. well that's beekeeping we just split like crazy in mid feb weather permitting.soon as red maples open we will start. be sure eat when not flying this is been bad to start off.
     
  12. Mama Beek

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    Our red maples had already started blooming right before the ice and snow and a couple of nights down in the teens. Will the trees bloom out or is it just a total bust for that bloom this year?
     
  13. tecumseh

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    I think the red maples had started to bloom here just ahead of this cold snap. also a few wild mustard and what I think maybe the first spring beauties had begun to bloom.
     
  14. Iddee

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    They will bloom right back out, just in time for the 11 degrees forecast for Sunday and Monday. Then they will bloom out again after that.
     
  15. Mama Beek

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    You mean it's gonna do this nastiness to us again?? :shock: :shock: Say it ain't so :beg: :beg: I'll be stuck inside despising winter again, and worrying about the bees being outside in the cold waiting for something pretty to go out and visit.... :cry:

    I gotta go check the weather!
     
  16. Iddee

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    Saturday
    Feb 6 Rain / Snow

    Rain / Snow

    Hi:35°Lo:26°


    Rain / Snow. High 35F and low 26F. Winds N at 14 mph. Air Quality:NA, UV Index:NA
    40%
    Sunday
    Feb 7 Mostly Cloudy

    Mostly Cloudy

    Hi:35°Lo:11°


    Mostly Cloudy. High 35F and low 11F. Winds N at 13 mph. Air Quality:NA, UV Index:NA
    0%
    Monday
    Feb 8 Fog

    Fog

    Hi:26°Lo:11°


    Fog. High 26F and low 11F. Winds NW at 11 mph. Air Quality:NA, UV Index:NA
    0%
     
  17. Mama Beek

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    Oh...that. is . just. awful! Troy and the boys will be traveling up in the hills those days too....that means me and Baby Beek will have to do all the work all by ourselves out in the cold yucky weather! :cry: I can't wait for spring!
     
  18. BjornBee

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    Yesterday, while walking down to get the mail, I saw a single dandelion in full bloom. The temp was only 34. That's pushing the edge of extreme... :thumbsup:
     
  19. Bens-Bees

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    Checked my girls today without getting into the hive, and they're still doing ok as far as I can tell (I can at least hear them in there). So woohoo, I'm 1 for 1 this year.
     
  20. tecumseh

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    not wishing to ruin anyone good mood... but limit the celebration for the current moment. we ain't out of the wood here yet. past experience suggest that a lot of hives starve in the southern us of a in late february and early march. these wet springs can be especially troublesome since it limits bloom, limits flying time and limits a beekeepers ability to attend to hives in outyards.