I live in the north of Sweden where the bees kluster six months of the year because of the cold long winters.
How do you who have similar conditions manage your hives to bee able to collect bees (for BVT) from them in the winter months?
I was thinking about putting a hive in the basement, but if they are kept inside the house won't they get more active then? And if more active, I guess they can't sit there for six months without "going to the restroom".
Another approach I have been thinking about is to have a dedicated hive in the yard an open it up every time I need to collect bees. But I don't know how long the colony will survive if disturbed that often in the winter months.