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When to start your hive

 
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Bleith
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:28 am    Post subject: When to start your hive Reply with quote

First time bee keeper this year. Decided to go with TBH. I LIVE NEAR CHICAGO IL, USA. Is there an ideal outdoor temperature?
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For transferring bees to your hive you want it warm enough to be comfortable in shirt sleeves. Ideally I like to start my colonies from swarms which usually means waiting for about three weeks after shirt sleeve weather starts in Cambridge.
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Houstonbees
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This info may help. I hived my package May 11th of last year into a Warre hive. Temprarture was in the low 80's by that time in Houston. Top bar shouldn't be much different I'd imagine. You've got to give them plenty of time to build stores for the coming winter. Don't expect to harvest honey the first year.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any honey harvest in first year for me is a bonus. Conventional beeks can do it by giving a lot of sugar syrup for them to build comb from. I like to only feed if the bees will starve without it.
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rmcpb
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The T shirt rule sounds good to me but your conditions are very different to mine. It also depends on when you can get a package or be lucky enough to catch a swarm. In either case don't be afraid to feed them for a while to give them a good boost in their first season. Once they are up and running you can balance the honey harvest against their needs but in their first season you may only get a small jar as a teaser.

Good luck
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate all your insights. Typically around here bees are sold out before the end of April.. IN Chicago area, we can still get below freezing days and snow.. I hope to look into catching a swarm next year because then I can get them later in the season.
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