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slturner55555
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:34 pm    Post subject: Dead hives Reply with quote

This winter I lost both my hives. I am going start over this spring with 2 packages. I was going to use the comb build by my old bees with the package. Do you think this would be okay? Thanks in advance.
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rmcpb
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Location: Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they died from starvation or the cold then the comb will give your new packages a real boost. With packages make sure you feed them for an extended period to get them up and running.

I wish you better luck this eason Very Happy

Cheers
Rob.
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ingo50
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have considered a nuc rather than a package? I know they can be difficult to come by, but more are being produced each year. Also are your package bees local. Good luck this year.
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slturner55555
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I will leave the comb.

Last year I bought a nuc hive, that was my strongest going into winter. We had a very cold winter here in VA and they didn't make it.

I might buy a nuc next year. This year my husband and I bought a farm, 11 acres, so no more neighbors complaining about my dangerous bees. Smile
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