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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #360 on: November 19, 2020, 08:33:48 am »
Reading the website it is Yukon area in western  Canada.
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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #361 on: November 19, 2020, 11:59:39 pm »
Yea that's what I figured. Thats about 1000 miles away from here.

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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #362 on: December 26, 2020, 03:09:01 am »
Merry Christmas.  8)

All four boxes still buzzing. We have only gotten down to about -12 f. so far.

 


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« Reply #363 on: December 26, 2020, 09:45:54 am »
Felt like that to me here in Florida @ 27f this morning. Yes I'm a crybaby about cold weather.
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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #364 on: December 27, 2020, 08:48:19 am »
Hang in there all! At least the days are getting longer!


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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #365 on: December 27, 2020, 09:50:34 am »
That's great, yukonjeff! Fingers crossed for you and your bees! Happy New Year!
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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #366 on: January 20, 2021, 03:10:58 am »
Thanks Guys. Still alive so far.




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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #367 on: January 20, 2021, 10:43:43 am »
Wow!  Did you measure that stack of snow on top? I'm curious.
I am also wondering if you dig the snow away from the entrance so that air can flow and reduce the condensation inside?
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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #368 on: January 21, 2021, 02:18:48 am »
No sorry I didn't but the snow is about knee deep on the level ground. The snow on top has melted down and blow away some.

And no I didn't dig the snow away from the entrance. They keep a small cave melted in front of it, but the moisture should be going up into my quilt box if its working properly. Three inch hole in the inner cover to vent moisture up into the grass.

Our weather is warming up to 33 f tomorrow I am tempted to pop the top and change the grass and peek down the hole and see how the sugar brick is doing and maybe put a feed jar on for a day.
 

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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #369 on: January 21, 2021, 08:26:08 am »
Glad to hear things are going well! 
The feed jar - will they take it? As I understand it bees will not take feed below 55F... ow in your experience, so they take it so fast it is gone before it can cool?


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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #370 on: January 22, 2021, 04:21:30 am »
I warm the jar of syrup every day, they will take some until it cools too much. Or they wont if they are in cluster. ie too cold.

Well we have warmer weather, I popped the top on one and checked the grass, It was a bit damp on the edges but nice and dry when I dug down to the feed jar hole. I could see down and saw the sugar brick with bees walking around on top, so I didn't put the feed jar on. I am waiting to see bees instead of the sugar brick then I will feed.

 

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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #371 on: January 26, 2021, 09:09:51 am »
Lookin good!


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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #372 on: February 16, 2021, 08:54:08 pm »
Well we warmed up to +35 the other day and got to pop the lids and dry the grass in the quilt boxes. Was pretty dry just some frost and damp around the edges.






This is the double deep.



This is a single deep



Looks like plenty of honey still. Hope they can hang on another two months.


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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #373 on: February 17, 2021, 11:34:37 am »
Jeff -- how damp does the dry grass get?

I assume it's a shallow-like quilt box full of dry grass over the inner cover, with a screened inner cover hole and no ventilation holes on the sides or anywhere else?

The insides of your hives look pretty dry.

It looks great, and I do something similar, though I don't think it would work as well in my climate.  Today, for instance, I've got 100km winds (62mph) blowing freezing drizzle off the ocean all over my hives.  My hives would be soaked to the bone (and I've seen it) without extra ventilation up top.  A great deal of the humidity in my hives comes from the outside environment, not just from the bees breathing and eating honey.

With the sugar cakes you've got up top (looks similar to what I do, a 12:1 sugar-to-water mix), do you get much sugar dumped to the bottom of the hives?
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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #374 on: February 17, 2021, 01:56:40 pm »
Mudsongs

The grass on the edge got frosted and then damp when it thawed out, but for the most part it stays dry in the middle.

Its a medium with a 3'' screened feed jar hole. No other holes in the box for ventilation.

The inside of the hive was good and dry, even the inner cover.

The bees wont throw out sugar until spring. They are not working in the hive in winter, they are in cluster mostly and not throwing anything out. It probably helps absorb moisture as well. The bricks have to be completely dry before you put them on , they cant throw it out then.

I am 70 miles from the Bering Sea, we get alot of high winds and damp weather as well as very cold temps at times. I think eliminating the holes in your quilt boxes and no upper entrance would go along way in keeping your hive dry. Dont let in the moisture.   

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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #375 on: February 20, 2021, 08:50:03 am »
I am 70 miles from the Bering Sea, we get alot of high winds and damp weather as well as very cold temps at times. I think eliminating the holes in your quilt boxes and no upper entrance would go along way in keeping your hive dry. Dont let in the moisture.   

That's interesting.  Adding extra ventilation up top is what keep my hives dry.  Moisture gets in from the outside environment, but it's quickly wicked away through my ventilation rim.  Nevertheless, I see how your set up would work too.  I'm going to make a note to try that with one of my hives next winter and see how it plays out.
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