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  1. #1
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    OK, here we are getting close to cold weather ,here in east TN. My ? is do, we close up the screened bottom boards or leave them open.

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    It is my understanding that the moisture will kill the bees not the cold. Give them ventilation so the humidity can rise out the top and you should be fine.

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    I close them here in Nebraska. Some people some places leave them open.

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    I usually leave them open unless it gets extremely cold for these parts or unless the hive is weak. I have a weak hive this year that I'm planning on wintering over a strong hive with a double screen board between, so that the weak hive can use the strong hive's heat.

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    I try to close them just before it snows to keep blowing snow from going up inside the hive
    Clint


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    just South of Lansing Michigan
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    I live north of you and I have had good success with leaving them open.

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    Too cold and WINDY here to leave them open. I have already got mine closed up, I need to protect the brood that is still brooding, got to protect those young bees for next spring.

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    Every now and then you will hear someone say "the bees know best". Whether you use screen bottom boards, upper ventalation holes, prop the cover up, wrap, etc, the key is to do it early enough for the bees to adjust.

    Some of my hives have SBB and upper entrance holes. Some will close them up, some will not. They tend to plug with propolis holes and area that they see fit. They are great at regulating the air flow. Whatever you do, do not change the hive configuration late in the year. Give them a chance with adequate time to do what they need to for winter.

    Where your located, I would leave them open. As long as they are protected from direct winds. Something that should be given whether you have SBB or not.

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    Here in the Northeast, Tug Hill Area of New York State, where I keep my bees I leave it open. Temps here go down to -20 to -30 F with 6-7 feet of snow. We get winds off lake Ontario at 30 to 50 miles an hour at times. I leave my screens open and the bees do fine. The moisture is what kills them. The snow here might have an effect on my bees since they do get covered. You have to take a look at what you think is best. Try some hives covered and others open and see which ones are doing ok.
    Dan

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    I live north of you and I have had good success with leaving them open.
    The last time I looked at a map Michigan was much farther North than Kentucky.
    Clint


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    just South of Lansing Michigan
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    Last spring one hive was on an open screen the other had a screen that fits into a standard BB. The one left open came thru winter fine but did not start brood rearing until I put a standard BB under it in late Feb. We need the earliest brood rearing to get the hives ready for our biggest flow, poplar. BTW both of these were buckfast and the other hive started raising brood in Dec as it was warmer than normal last year.

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    Thanks for all the useful and intresting information. My hives have had screened bottom boards all year so I will leave them open.

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    >I live north of you and I have had good success with leaving them open.
    The last time I looked at a map Michigan was much farther North than Kentucky.
    Clint<

    I was responded to the first post. The one from Tennessee.

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