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    Quote Originally Posted by Raphael View Post
    have you thought about setting up special winter green houses for them bees?
    Bees do not do at all well in green houses. It is not the cold that kills bees*. It is the long cold winter and the bees not raising brood until warm weather comes. That does not work in long dark winters we have up here.

    *One researcher wintered bees in one of the northern states, in hives with screens for sides. The bees came through minus 40 degrees (in Celsius that is minus 40 degrees) just fine. If, on the other hand the cold lasts too long the bees will starve to death. So in that sense cold can indirectly kill bees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedidiah View Post
    Bees do not do at all well in green houses. It is not the cold that kills bees*. It is the long cold winter and the bees not raising brood until warm weather comes. That does not work in long dark winters we have up here.

    *One researcher wintered bees in one of the northern states, in hives with screens for sides. The bees came through minus 40 degrees (in Celsius that is minus 40 degrees) just fine. If, on the other hand the cold lasts too long the bees will starve to death. So in that sense cold can indirectly kill bees.
    I was thinking that the greenhouse would allow flowers (meaning bees can get food) and you could use lamps to simulate a better day/night cycle through the long dark winters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raphael View Post
    I was thinking that the greenhouse would allow flowers (meaning bees can get food) and you could use lamps to simulate a better day/night cycle through the long dark winters.
    Honey bees just hit the wall trying to get out. They do not forage that close to home normally. Wintering is a normal procedure for bees, it is just that most of our bees are from warm short winter areas and they loose their abilities. Also keeping a greenhouse warm enough for the bees to fly is not terribly practical when we have 5 to 6 months of winter. You are thinking like many new beekeepers up here so you are doing alright.
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