Re: When to remove wrap
after a while you would be amazed at what they tell you. the best way to figure out what they need for winter is leave more than you think that they could possible need, at the end of the winter see how much they used, and how bad the winter was, then throw in the variables, young old,queen, mites,
Originally Posted by Acebird
and you don't know if the next winter will be worse or not.
really isn't any easy way. I was taught in Mass. middle of feb. clean the bottom board, and check for stores. bees needed 3 deep frames to make it until the nectar flow(about 30 lbs). In n.y its march 21st, i've poped the tops but not cleaned the bottom boards yet, have droped deeps and mediums from dead outs onto 2 deep and 3 deep hives, and moved frames of honey from heavy hives to light hives, but nothing that keeps them open for any length of time, and I would guess if they have 3 frames of honey now they will make it until the first flow. then again last year I had a whole apiary that I came close to pulling the supers and feeding in June and last year was a fine year for honey. get some one near you to show you the ropes, listen to them but use your own judgment, there are always better ways.
the best configuration that I have found up here is either 2deeps and a med, or 3 deeps with italian bees. don't have any of the rest. If they come out of winter with plenty of stores and a young queen you will see gangbuster hives starting pretty quick. I have one yard that I have to wrap, they were flying yesterday, while none of my other yards were doing anything.
mike syracuse ny
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