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To: EarthBound
Yes, very interesting.

It does not explain the anecdotal reports that I'm hearing that the problem is mostly affecting migratory colonies used for pollination. I'll have to re-read the article, perhaps there might be an "angle" whereby stationary colonies are just that more stabalized, they are not affected as much. In the bee club wintering poll, I can say that just about everyone with up to 3 hives (these would all be stationary), had all come thru the winter.

I now have 3 colonies, all stationary in the same spots for 4 years. All made it thru the winter, and one in particular. This one hive is full to the brim - it has the population a normal hive might have in late July ( it took me getting stung in the ear to determine this! they stung me thru the veil where I guess my ear was brushing up against it). I'm sure I'm gonna see some swarming in the future from this hive, although I added the first honey super to give them some more room and hold off swarming if possible.

11 posted on 04/02/2007 6:06:02 AM PDT by C210N (Bush SPIED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: C210N

How do you get started with bees? I'd like to do this in my yard.


22 posted on 04/02/2007 6:39:01 AM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: C210N

We have eight hives, all stationary. Seven survived the winter and are doing well. Some other local beekeepers (southern MO) lost 3/4 of their hives.


69 posted on 04/05/2007 5:45:43 AM PDT by knuthom
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