Tending Bees for Winter Apitheripy
Does anybody have any experience collecting bees during the winter for the purpose of apitherapy? I'd like to set up a 4 frame observation hive indoors (with outdoor entrance) for my friend to collect bees from (approx. 20 bees a day) for his treatment during the long Canadian winter. I've never tried doing any kind of beekeeping during the winter.
How will indoor temperature warmth vs. outdoor chill affect the bees reproduction?
Will feeding be necessary? Will it stimulate the queen to lay? I imagine so.
Any thoughts on this absolutely welcome.
Re: Tending Bees for Winter Apitheripy
I have an ob hive in my bedroom . The one with 5 frames below and a single frame above, like the one they sell at brushy mountain. I started it in July and they still have capped honey in the single frame above. I keep the room around 60 deg . I take bees out of the trap door on side all winter works great.
I modified the top a little so I could feed them if needed