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  1. #1
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    Default overwintering single deeps in wisconsin

    hi guys i want some in put on wintering single deeps (outside ,not indoors) this is a idea i was given ... split hives in the fall like right now and winter in singles i just what some input and your first reaction
    thanks in advance
    Jed

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    Default Re: overwintering single deeps in wisconsin

    What would be the advantage? You'd have a smaller chance of having the number of bees necessary to overwinter, and you'd have to make another queen right now.

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    Default Re: overwintering single deeps in wisconsin

    i dont know if there would be an advantage that what im trying to find out lol

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    Default Re: overwintering single deeps in wisconsin

    It does not take bees to overwinter, it takes stores. during the winter a colony is at it lowest numbers, usually just enough to cover the minimal brood and maintain heat in the hive. I have over wintered Nucs.
    With colony winter losses higher than ever many keepers are trying to hit the winter with as many colonies as possible. The thinking is if you have 50% loss on four single deep colonies you still have two colonies if you have there is no such thing as a 50% loss on a two doubles then you only have one. single deep can be overwintered if managed properly with supplemental feeding

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    Default Re: overwintering single deeps in wisconsin

    Wintering singles here is doable but a challenge due to the different winters. Wisconsin is warmer than here but colder than PA. I hear the folks in Canada not too far north of me winter singles fairly well but they do it indoors. Ian had a nice post and video on this on this forum last winter/spring. I run basically all singles and I winter them in California

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    Default Re: overwintering single deeps in wisconsin

    Chip, you rent all your hives as singles in feb?

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    Default Re: overwintering single deeps in wisconsin

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip Euliss View Post
    Wisconsin is warmer than here but colder than PA.
    yes north dakota is colder but, is it as humid as wi moisture is harder on bees than cold right

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