overwintering and storms
Hi, I'm new here and new to beekeeping. I built a TBH start with and caught a swarm. I am wondering if there are any people here near or in Idaho who have experience with the top bar style hives and how to keep the girls cozy over winter in our unpredictable wait 15 min climate? Wondering which diseases are the most trouble in this area? I already have the varroa mites I think because I saw a few new hatch runt bees with deformed wings. I also had a huge T-storm blow my hive over and all the comb fell down, such fun. Has anyone else found some designs hold up better in high wind? There is a bee club but they meet 25 mi from here. I will probably visit them too. Anyway, hi and nice to meet you.