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Dead hive in Ontario

 
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rene_p
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Location: Elmira, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: Dead hive in Ontario Reply with quote

This past weekend I opened up the hive as there was no activity and I suspected the long brutally cold winter did its damage. Sure enough all the bees were dead. They did leave 7 bars of capped honey which leads me to believe that they froze rather than starved. I cleaned out the hive and left a couple of bars of comb in the brood area and hopefully a swarm will move in.

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biobee
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Joined: 14 Jun 2007
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Location: UK, England, S. Devon

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You did have a brutal winter by all accounts, and I know many people lost bees.

I hope a swarm finds you as the weather improves! I'm expecting them to start here any day now...
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questionmarco
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Joined: 27 Mar 2013
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Location: Kitchener, Ontario

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about your loss Rene!
We met at a meetup in waterloo last spring, and i remember you telling me your colony had survived 3 years in a row. I guess your luck ran out...
I went into my first winter with 3, and all 3 seem to be doing well now. Keeping my fingers crossed until we get some nectar flow.
I hope you are lucky with a swarm!

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