Preparing hive for first winter
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 1999
    DuPage County, Illinois USA

    Default Preparing hive for first winter

    Do I need to feed? What about reducing the entrance? Wrap the hive?
    Regards, Barry

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Cookeville, Tennessee, USA

    Default Re: m) Preparing hive for first winter

    Do I need to Feed?

    Feed if their honey/syrup stores are light. My fall hive checks consist of throwing syrup at them as fast as they can take it, provided they have room. Any excess I can always remove a frame or two, store, and add on a warm January/February day.

    What about reducing the entrance?

    I reduce down to the smallest opening of a standard entrance reducer (mine are all lower entrance hives). Mouse guard if you have it.

    Wrap the hives?

    I don't but I guess geographical regions are different. Supposed to help with the heat (solar gains?) and as a wind block.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Scottsdale, AZ, USA

    Default Re: m) Preparing hive for first winter

    When wintering this is what I do.

    Invert the inner cover (to rim-side down) to allow moisture to escape.

    – Reduce the entrance with a wooden cleat. Make sure that the opening of the cleat is turned up against the hive body, not against the bottom board; this will prevent the opening from becoming blocked by a layer of dead bees which may accumulate on the bottom board.

    - Provide top ventilation and/or entrance by propping up the inner cover slightly or boring an auger hole, not more than 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, in an upper corner or below the handhold of the top super; this lets moist air out of the hive.

    It works well in keeping the bees warm.
    Paul Reyes the author of : Beekeeping-for-Beginners.Com


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