My Warre Hives in wintering sulation
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  1. #1
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    Default My Warre Hives in wintering sulation

    Here is a photo of my Warre Hives in winter insulation, it is now winter in North Idaho!! The insulation is Dow 2 inch high density foam held on with bungee cords. Easy and quick to remove and is my wind block!!


    IMG_1593 Warre hives in wintering insulation.jpgIMG_1593 Warre hives in wintering insulation.jpg

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: My Warre Hives in wintering sulation

    Looks like winter to me. I just have straw in the quilt box and letting her roll. Of course we don't have snow yet.
    Cheers
    gww
    zone 5b

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    Default Re: My Warre Hives in wintering sulation

    Trying again to correct the image
    IMG_1593 (3) Warre Hive 2.jpg

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    Default Re: My Warre Hives in wintering sulation

    What a lovely winter scene! I can imagine I'm there, cold cheeks, it's so quiet except for the sound of snow crunching under foot...

    Thanks for sharing.
    Zone 5B

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    Default Re: My Warre Hives in wintering sulation

    Over here we may see that sort of snow fall in mid winter but definitely not yet. However, I always set my back yard Warres up exactly the same as yours. The insulation must be a welcome benefit especially with first winter colonies. I always overwinter on three boxes, even if the bottom box is empty. I just like the idea of keeping the cluster a little higher off the ground in case of heavy snow fall. Good luck with them, its going to seem a long time until spring arrives.

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    Default Re: My Warre Hives in wintering sulation

    Thank you for the replies, the snow is a few weeks early for us, but this is how our year has gone. Teabag, I was stationed at RAF Chicksands from 73-76 and we loved being in the UK! This is my second try with Warre hives and bees, the first time I think the bees were wet and cold because of poor ventilation. I kept corrugated plastic under the screen thinking it would help keep the bees warmer, wrong!

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    Default Re: My Warre Hives in wintering sulation

    Here it is flipped right side up...

    winter warres in snow.jpg
    I'm not always the brightest Beek in the box, so I carry a flash light for my occasional dim moments.

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    Default Re: My Warre Hives in wintering sulation

    Thank you!!

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