Welcome and enjoy.
Type: Posts; User: S.M.N.Bee
Welcome and enjoy.
Welcome to the site Kerry.
Good for you Stella. I threw a couple of old wool blankets over my hives that already have a foam cover on them.
Be careful sticking your ear against the side of the hive. At 30 degrees below zero...
You missed it this year. Here in Minnesota they usually hold the Polar Bear Plunge on the first of the year.
They use chain saws to cut holes in a frozen lake to make a hole big...
They call it shared body heat I think?
One inch of air space should not be an issue. My hive covers are 1 1/2" larger than the hive boxes so they clear the handles. I use 1 1/2" foil face insulation to make my covers.
It will be...
Let us know how it turns out!
Have you sampled it?
So how do you determine when to take the bees out of the shelter?
Welcome to the forum McBee.
How many hives do you keep? I have given this some thought as well but only keep a couple of hives. Even a small building would be too large for two to four colonies.
OK I jumped in. The spread sheet will provide some good information come spring.
When you assemble the feeder use Gorilla glue. It expands as it cures filling any gaps. I than coat with marine spar varnish. Have one that is four years old and no leaks.
I also run floats. I...
Welcome to the forum Mike. Just look threw past posts here if you have questions or post one of your own.
I'm no expert but I think you will have issues with syrup crystalizing on the wicking material.
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I usually winter take a quick peek at mine on a warm afternoon at the end of February to check stores.
Proves you can get by without a vial!!!
One of my hives had a few bees fighting this afternoon. It was 46 degrees outside!!
The second year my hive swarmed and I ended up with an extra hive and no honey!!!!! Learn to keep bees and the honey crop will come.
I like your idea. Give it a try and let us know how it works.
I had a hive that clustered this way for two winters. Make a shim and give them some sugar up there just in case.
Welcome to the forum. Hope your bees winter well.
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I bet you get some nasty winter winds and tempatures in Elgen. Please share how you winter your hives when you can.