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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:47 pm    Post subject: How are your bees doing? Reply with quote

Hi All.

Since the weather in our area has improved over the past few days and my bees are flying, I just wondered how everyone else has fared so far. I know the winter may have a little way to go yet, although the next 10 days look reasonably settled, but would be good to know that everyone else is seeing a good survival rate so far.

All 7 of my colonies that went into winter are flying today. I've had concerns about a few of the hives over the past weeks as some days, some were flying strongly whilst others were silent, but today they are all out and doing a bit of house work. Not seen any pollen yet but a good amount of activity at all entrances.
I also got texts from 2 friends yesterday (one of whom got one of my swarms last year) and their bees were flying strongly and enjoying the sunshine yesterday. So that is 9 colonies that I know of treatment free and doing well.

It just lifts the heart to see them and makes you realise that Spring is not far away.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pleased to hear that, Barbara. Mine are all good so far... even the colony still partly in an upturned, half-chewed, polystyrene packaging box that they moved into unbidden in 2012...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had two colonies going into winter and they look fine. One was flying yesterday, the other not, but the one that wasn't flying has plenty of bees ( I can see them through the observation window ).

The biggest problem this winter was vandalism which meant I had to move one hive from a public park to my garden. I think someone took the roof and observation window cover off to throw into a fire ! The top bars themselves were nicely propolised and I think they were only without a roof for a day, so there was no permanent damage. That hive is now a rather odd hybrid, with a spare ill fitting roof from another hive and an interesting plywood and duvet insulation arrangement over the observation window.

The one loss last year was a hive that went queenless in the summer. I was too slow to realise what had happened and then it was too late.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My bees are cool.
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