Winter Scenes On A Cold and Lazy Thursday

Discussion in 'Bees' started by blueblood, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Took a hike to the back field to check on the hives since we had an alleged blizzard. I was surprised at how little snow accumulated on them since my wife and I spent four hours today clearing our lanes of 8-10" of snow so we could get out. Looks like they have pushed a few dead out of the hive. Does anybody know if the bees generate enough heat to cause snow to melt from the top and/or sides?

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  2. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    I don't know. But if they maintainn ~ 90 F in the cluster, and wood isn't that good of an insulator, then perhaps it's warm enough to melt the snow?
     

  3. ApisBees

    ApisBees Active Member

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    the wind that accompanied the snow was blowing from the direction behind the hives to the front. the winds were steady and at a temperature 3 to 5 deg. above freezing and the snow partially blow off and was melted by the wind at the same time. a rair bit of melting has occurred since the snow stopped falling you can tell buy picts 3&5 by how the snow is hanging off the entrance.
     
  4. srvfantexasflood

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    Dave, do you have other hives located else where? Just curious.
     
  5. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Nope. Just in my back field. I have about 3 acres back there. I plan on increasing to a total of 7-10 Langs and 2 top bar this spring.
     
  6. bamabww

    bamabww Active Member

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    Enjoyed the pictures Dave. IS that a bluebird box on the tree in the background?
     
  7. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Hey Dave, couldn't you afford "color film"? :rolling::rotfl:
     
  8. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Hi Wayne...yeap, I have a bluebird trail back there. It was my first year and had more other residents in them but I do have a couple of blue birds in the area.

    Ef, I wish I had more color here right now...all we got presently is 8-10 inches of snow still...
     
  9. efmesch

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    I guess we have a new year's wish for a brightly colored spring on our "wish list". :beg: