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Hi Trevor, great video. We have a colony very similar to this and are ready to take the last of the honey off and get them ready for winter. My question is, will you feed these bees over winter or have you left enough honey for them in the 2 brood boxes? Thanks

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No feeding required. The bottom box is full of brood (6 plus frames) and the rest full of pollen and nectar. The top box (3/4) is full of capped honey. More than enough for urban bees to get thru winter and spring.

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Hi Trevor, I read that when feeding the bees the wets, you have to create a robbing type of scenario so the bees clean the frames out and not repack them with honey, is this correct? And is this what you have done by putting that hive mat with the small hole on top of the hive ready for the wets? Cheers Trev

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[USER=72]@Trevor Gillbanks[/USER] Thanks for your reply. That gives us confidence for our first winter with a Lang, previously only had Top Bar

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Did you get stung Trev? I was going to ask have you noticed any difference with honey yield or hive strength with the polystyrene hives compared to wooden yet?

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Beekeeper get stung. No I did not get stung this year during honey removal. That is unusual. The bees behave differently in the Poly boxes. I think they are worth buying. Differences - You need to try one yourself.

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[USER=72]@Trevor Gillbanks[/USER] I plan too when we get our first lot of honey money in, bit of tight ship at the mo. I want to get a whole heaps for my breeding and drone hives as I think this would be a huge benefit coming out of winter when we need them to be strong for early queens.

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