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  •  their parasites might not have been killed (5+ / 0-)

    either by the cold, so they may make hives unhealthy.

    that's happened in Northern CA, or so I've read. No first hand info - was just interested in the idea of bees cohabiting with  parasites.

    certainly other parasites, like ticks, are unusually prolific this year because of the lack of typical cold spells and rain.

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    by fhcec on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 11:30:17 AM PST

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      depleted their winter stores of honey.

      On the radio, one bee keeper in NJ was saying that normally a hive will store about 70 pounds of honey to keep them going through 'til Spring... said even with the supplemental feeding, he knows he'll lose some.  The weather makes them confused.  On days when it was warm enough, they get fooled into flying out... more the possibility of not making it back to the hive - or return to portions without honey stores.  Usually bees would only emerge out in winter to drop waste periodically.

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      by kishik on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 01:35:44 PM PST

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