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  1. #1
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    Default Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    I'm wondering about sun on wintering hives.

    I wonder if it is better to have hives in a sheltered location with some sun on them (yet still with good airflow) which might keep them more consistently dormant...

    -or-

    Is it better to put them in a place which gets as much sun as possible, meaning they might get quite warm at times during the winter?

    Also, I have read that some beeks put an angled board over the hive entrances to keep snow away and to keep direct sun from beaming into the entrance and encouraging bees to fly in cold weather - what do you think of this?

    Thanks,

    Adam

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    Default Re: Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    I can not give any advice, our climates are so different, but you might look at these articles.

    http://www.pedersenapiaries.sasktelw...g_singles.html

    http://www.pedersenapiaries.sasktelw...revisited.html

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    I want mine as warm as I can get them. More days for cleansing flights, less poop in the hive. So full sun, facing South for me.
    So much to learn, so little time!!

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    Default Re: Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    I believe in northern climates like ours that winter sun in crutial. For many reasons I keep my hives in full sun year round and facing south. My opinion for winter is they need to break the cluster as many times as they can get for cleansing flights and feeding.

    Full sun year round for me.

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    Default Re: Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    Agree with Michaefor the North. Full sun year round,dark hive colors; black,15# roofing paper in the winter.
    Fry those mites.
    Make sure you provide upper ventilation year round.

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    Default Re: Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Foster Collins View Post
    Also, I have read that some beeks put an angled board over the hive entrances to keep snow away and to keep direct sun from beaming into the entrance and encouraging bees to fly in cold weather - what do you think of this?

    What do I think of this? Ridiculous! As if the bees don't know what to do and when to fly.

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    Default Re: Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    Haha. Okay. Thanks Mike. I haven't seen it done much, but I thought I'd ask about it.

    Adam

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    Default Re: Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    Yep...full sun. But more important is a good wind block for winter.
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. John Wayne

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    Default Re: Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    Full sun can also help with Nosema.
    See Control:

    http://new.dpi.vic.gov.au/notes/agg/...-of-honey-bees



    And see management practices,temperature:

    http://www.scientificbeekeeping.com/...ask=view&id=56

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    Default Re: Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    Full sun all year around has worked best for me and according to people I've talked to works best everywhere.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Location in Winter - Is more sun better?

    I have read that some beeks put an angled board over the hive entrances to keep snow away

    Have to be a big board here to do that here. Typically our snowfalls tend to be 4"+ that come in horizontally with a following NE wind.

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