Re: Insulating only three sides a problem?
I was thinking on this insulating of a hive thing the other day. I wondered if it does not compare to mulching a garden. the reason to mulch a garden is to help it stay frozen through the winter.
I have heard several times that the cold is not the problem but condensation. If the hive is kept colder. it would help reduce condensation. I am a little reluctant to do anything I think might make the hive warmer than it woudl be naturally. i just don't want to cause the bees to be more active than they would be otherwise.
So far my bees have only had a hand full of days that where cold enough they did not fly. today was one of them. nasty and rainy. Nights are barely getting into freezing range.
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