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Sask3

November 21, 2023 @ 6am  (~17F in apiary)

County:  Belknap

Town:  Gilmanton

Bee Race:  Saskatraz

Source:  Overwintered colony (2021 package)

Queen:     2021 queen superceded in August 2022

Hive Name:  Sask3

Hive details:

    - 10 Frame Langstroth

    - Stack:  Medium,Medium,Medium,Medium, 1.5" feeding shim

    - Winterization:

         Colony Quilt + Cozy with reflectix covering the top so no snow gets in.

         upper entrance : 1/2"x3/8" with a wind block

         lower entrance : 1/2 oval - 1" x3/8" - on east side

         hive stand base wrapped with Reflectix

Notes:

- 11/5/23 : All sensors installed (ignore "custom(7)" data before this date)

- 11/11/23 : reduced lower entrance and have it on east side of colony

                              wrapped base.

- 11/21/2023 : wrapped with colony quilt & cozy at ~ 2pm.  Added 3" of insulation  above inner cover - Bees were completely covering the top bars

- 12/13/2023 @ ~7:15am : added 1 lb sugar brick in middle of shim - bees continue to completely cover the top bars.  Also, checked bottom board - no dead bees.

-12/16/2023 @ ~ noon :  bees flying - 99% using upper entrance but a few were using the lower one

 - 12/31/23 @ ~ 9:30am - removed ratchet straps didn't open colony.  added 3/4 lb sugar brick in same spot as the one on 12/13 - which was gone.

- 1/3/24 : cleared bottom board - almost no bees

- 1/7/24:  12.5" of snow

- 1/9/24 - quick check - sugar brick about 1/2 gone.

- 1/16/24 @ ~ 4pm snowy day - brushed off top of colony and bottom board

- 1/17/24 @ 8am snowy day - brushed off top of colony and bottom board

 - 1/22/24 @ 1:30   cleared bees from bottom board (almost none); bees were clustered on top of the rails, in the feeding shim and hanging on the inner cover - covered front to back and side to side. added 1 lb sugar brick in  in the north east corner - it was the only place I could put it with out all the bees coming out of the colony

 - 1/23/24 @ 7:30 pm:  put plywood board against front of colonies to block snow from entrance

- 1/24/24 @ noon ish : brushed snow off colonies

-2/10/24 10:30am  added 1 lb sugar brick - bees flying from top

 - 2/23/24 @ noon - removed dead bees from bottom board - about 15 bees

 -2/23/24 @ 1:15 - added 1 lb sugar brick to back of shim - none of old brick was left;  entire shim area was filled with bees

 - 3/1/24 - 2:15 - added 1 lb sugar brick to middle of shim -shim area completely full of bees; none of previous brick left

 - 3/3/24 - 4:45 - put on ratchet straps

 - 3/9/24 - 1:30 - added 1 lb sugar brick , 1/2 global patty; shim area completely covered with bees

 

 

 

 

 

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South Side 

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East Side 

North Side 

West Side 

Live Stream

Sensor location notes: 

      "South" sensors - frame5, 2" from south side woodenware

      "North" sensor - frame 5, 2" from north side woodenware

       "East" sensor -  frame 8, 2" from east side woodenware

       "West" sensor - frame 2, 2" from west side woodenware

 

frames are counted from left to right when facing the front of the colony

    "Outside" (pink line) is not from a sensor. It data pulled by broodminder from a weather data site

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