Re: att'n Maine/N New England beeks, do you wrap for winter?
I wrap my hives with tar paper, which are in full sun with a rock wall behind them as a windbreak. I also made 3/4" thick moisture absorbers for them, made with wood, burlap, and sawdust. It goes UNDER the inner cover (it has a matching hole in the middle, flush with the IC, so that the bees can go up over the IC in case they want to snack on candy I place up there), and it absorbs all moisture the girls give off. It works great. I know we had a mild winter last year, but I found almost no dead bees in the spring. I do sweep off their front porch after a snowstorm so that they get the ventilation they need.
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