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Reply bigD
5:33 PM on January 24, 2012 
I know what you mean about the queen excluders.I also went to a beginning bee keeping class and they recommended them. I bought two and to this point they are a waste of money as the queen seems to stay put in her brood area.The honey super was clean as could be. Wall to wall capped honey.I wanted to keep it but knew better that that bees were going to need it for winter. I hope it's a sign of things to come though!
Reply bigD
9:43 AM on January 24, 2012 
Yes, my one hive is dead for sure.I took it apart and found remnants of a small cluster. Mites could have been an issue.I'm very hesitant to treat with chemicals.At least I have an empty hive to make a split with.That will be good experience as I haven't made a split before. My living hive is on one deep and a medium of honey and they are doing great. They've always been very gentle except Sunday when I opened them when it was windy with rain coming.I expect them to be flying today with temps near 50. Where abouts in central MO are you if you don't mind me asking?
Reply bigD
11:20 PM on January 23, 2012 
Mine came from Walk-about-Acres north of Columbia.I'm pretty happy with them but I don't have anything to compare them to.
Reply bigD
6:09 PM on January 23, 2012 
By the way I'm 9 miles north of Columbia near Harrisburg.
Reply bigD
6:06 PM on January 23, 2012 
Good to hear from you. I had two hives going into winter,one strong,one not so.The weaker one has died.There were maybe 100 bees left including the queen.I suppose the cold snap got em. The strong hive is doing great.Boy were they pissed when I opened them up yesterday to check on their honey supplies! The honey looked good and after taking one sting I got out of there! The queens were Mn. Hygenics.I might split in spring and try another queen,maybe buckfast or sunkist. Good luck to you!
Reply Bgee
12:58 PM on January 23, 2012 
I am in central Missouri too. My bees survived so far. Where in Mo are you? So far I have been honey bound, my first hive would not move up and build winter stores. They started to swarm so I spolit them in mid JUly and now I have two weak hives going into this winter. I put candy boards on both of them, and they survived so far, The daughter hive flies everytime it gets above 45 degrees. the mother hive never comes out. But they are stil alive. I have a sunkist and a moonbeam on order for next year
Reply bigD
6:53 PM on January 20, 2012 
Hi Bgee,just joined,also in central MO.Somewhat of a beginner.Maybe we can exchange info on our trials and tribulations.Be glad to hear from you! Dan (aka bigD)