Re: D.E. Hives from Canada....anyone Northern Beeks have some? Do bees winter better
I used to work in St J. I grew up in Wheelock.
I have glanced at the D.E. hive in the past and think it is a good idea, it is based on the British hives, only built larger. It is square so that the combs can be oriented "warm way" in the winter. I believe it is top ventilated which I don't like in a Northern climate.
Every hive has it's pluses and minuses.
As far as local queens go. Send a message to Micheal Palmer, he may be able to supply them. Oh and there will be a big bee convention in Burlington this August. Hope to see you there.
I am all for buying local, but all bees originated somewhere else at some point. In Vermont very few are more then a few years out of a package from Georgia. As Brother Adam said: "the honey bee cannot be acclimated to a climate, they either live or they die"
Always question Conventional Wisdom.