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Stalker - North Facing

County:  Belknap

Town:  Gilmanton

Bee Race:  Northern

Source:  Overwintered colony

Queen:     2021 queen  raised by colony

Hive Name:  Stalker

Hive details:

    - Faces North

    - 10 Frame Langstroth

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

    - Winterization:

         colony quilts + Bee 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 down - could only see a few bees looking down from top.

-12/16/2023 :   ~noon:  bees flying - using both upper and lower entrances

 - 12/31/23 @ ~ 9:30am - removed ratchet straps didn't open colony

- 1/7/24:  12.5" of snow

- 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 about 1/3-1/2c); didn't open colony - but bees came out the top entrance to investigate what was going on.

- 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 - maybe 1/4c

- 2/23/24 @ 1:15 - added 1 lb sugar brick to middle of shim - none of old brick was left;  top of cluster (circular) was covering rails in the middle of box4 -

 - 3/1/24 - 2:15 - added 1 lb sugar brick to middle of shim - top of cluster covering 3/4 top rails; none of previous brick left

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

 - 3/9/24 - 1:30 - added 1 lb sugar brick (mostly in middle), 1/2 global patty bees covering top rails & festooned on inner cover; small chunk of old brick left

put a "temp-only" above inner cover - below the insulation.  It is  on the east side of the hole in the middle of the cover

 

        

 

 

 

 

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

South side 

North side 

East side 

stalker-west-web.jpg

West side 

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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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