Re: How do you manage your observation hive in the winter?
This is my first over-winter with my OB hive. It's a 5 deep frame that's one frame wide. They killed off the queen a few months back and after working to try to requeen I was finally successful about a month ago. I've got an exit of at least 10 feet in length with 2 90 degree turns.
I use thin wooden panels held on with screen clips as a privacy curtain. They had/have ventilation in there. They filled the bulk of the vent hole screens with propolis but a few still vent as intended and I can feel the cold leaking through the hive into my office if I put my hand up to the appropriate vent hole.
They stay quiet for the most part but get more active when it gets up to 50 degrees outside. Have you seen your queen lately?
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