15545Re: First Winter
- Feb 2, 2011Hi Stoneridge,
The bees you see are probably the ones that are early out to empty themselves. If they fall on the snow, especially if there are deep footprints there, they cannot get up and freeze to death.
You can have some jute sacks in front of the hives so they can land on something warmer.
Mine did not start yet.
--- In Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, Alan Fox <alan_foxy2000@...> wrote:
> Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â it was only the other day we had an e-mail I think it was from someone
> in Norway and the made their hivesÂ with Â 25mm insulation sandwhiched between
> pieces of ply and they had open mesh all through winter. Alan
> From: stoneridgesheepfarm <StoneRidgeFarm@...>
> To: Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Wed, 2 February, 2011 15:18:19
> Subject: [Beekeeping] First Winter
> It's been a particularly difficult winter here in NE USA. Significant snow fall
> each week since Christmas. We've got several feet of accumulated snow, with
> freezing rain falling on top today. Our 10th snow storm of the season is coming
> on Saturday, another next week.
> This is my first winter keeping bees, and I don't know exactly what I'm seeing.
> I've wrapped the hives and installed an upper entrance. On "warm" days -- 30 to
> 35 degrees (F) I see bees flying outside. I would have thought that they'd wait
> for temperatures in the 40s/50s for cleansing flights.
> On some days there are dead bees sprinkled around the snow outside the hives.
> I'm hoping these are previously dead bees that get thrown out while doing house
> cleaning, as opposed to bees that died before they could get back. I guess,
> since they're so close to the hives, it must be discarded bees.
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