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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Butler / Moshannon Pa
Re: Any Beekeepers?
I really haven't struggled much with the Colony Collapse Disorder. The Verro mite still seems to be the biggest problem you have to deal with. The past winter was especially brutal. Bees cluster in the winter and generate heat by vibrating their wings. By early February, they need to ratchet the temperature up to 93 degrees, as their queen is laying eggs and the brood requires more heat. All this activity uses up more honey, and bees must be able to break away from their cluster to reach honey stored in outer frames. The extreme cold made this tough for bees to move about in the hive. Bees normally exit the hive on nice winter days, to take a dump, get water , and haul out their dead bees. My bees never got out once in February . By the first of March, they normally can fly and begin to find pollen and a little nectar. That wasn't happening this year either. Luckily I had ordered some 3 pound packages of bees to replace my losses. Packages of bees aren't cheap, about 100 dollars each.