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  1. #1
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    Default Wintering Bees

    I hope this don't sound stupid but we just had our first big snow and wind here in southern Idaho. All the entrances are drifted in. I know the snow can act as an insulation but should I uncover the entrances or leave them alone until it warms up. Just wondering.

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    Default Re: Wintering Bees

    Forgot to mention that the temp last night was 20 below and not expected to warm up to soon..

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    Default Re: Wintering Bees

    Open !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bees need oxygen too.

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    Default Re: Wintering Bees

    I'd clear the snow, but top entrances that arent blocked work nicely if you can't get to it immediately.
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    Default Re: Wintering Bees

    Open for sure. You are going to need proper ventillation to keep the inside of the hive dry.

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    Default Re: Wintering Bees

    I would open them. Probably it will melt enough around the hive so that ventilation is not a problem, but if you get a day that is warm enough for a cleansing flight, you want to be sure that they can take advantage of it.
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    Default Re: Wintering Bees

    My main concern is the cleansing flights... but it's not impossible to sufficate them, but they usually don't because of snow.
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    Default Re: Wintering Bees

    The snow will keep the icy blast of wind out and they will not suffocate. I had bees spend four months under snowbanks and they wintered better than those exposed. When the bees have flying weather, consider clearing it away. Before then, the sn ow is a good thing.

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