Need Tips on Wintering
I have a first year kenya and lang long hive. The kenya is 80% drawn and full. the long has 24 frames drawn and full. ( I started a couple of hives off of some frames and set it back)
I have read about moving all the brood either to the front or back of each hive this fall to keep them from eating from the middle out and leaving half there stores uneaten.
I was wondering what I can do to help them winter , ie.. wrap the hives ? mountain man feeding method ? neither have open bottoms so I'll drill another small vent hole .
We don't have very cold winters, a couple weeks in the 20's but we are very wet.
They both were just a test and very fun to work with, I have a window in the kenya, covered. If they live this winter, I'll have to make a queen excluder for each and get comb honey off them, tried this year but the queen put brood on almost every frame.
Oh I also have a follower board on the long keeping down the void.
Thanks for the Tips.
I'm not tense, Just terribly, terribly alert!