A method for overwintering and propagating honeybees in the Northeast

Final Report for FNE07-619

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2007: $10,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Rhode Island
Project Leader:
Mark Robar
Trail's End Farm
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Results summary
The results from the original five hives are as follows:

• 20% hives died in late January. Reason not established. Head count was small and this may have been a factor
• 40% colonies are strong and each ready to be split, increasing the colonies by 20%
• 40% colonies are OK, but somewhat low in head count.

In summary, over this one wintering period we achieved a 0% net stability; losing and gaining colonies at the same rate. With a normal New England overwintering loss of between 25%-50% this result is promising.

Our expectation is that by reviewing effectiveness of feed, greenhouse/hive adaptation and colony selection, we will at least be able to achieve predictable nett gain stability with the possibility of increase in real terms.


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  • Ernest Morreira


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