this is my first year and first winter.
I would like to know what can I do to protect the girls from the cold Chicago winters. I have done some research and I have found few things:
1. Mannlake.com sells loose or snug fit cardboard box:
snug fit- http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeepin...ct/WT-145.html or
loose fit- http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeepin...ct/WT-150.html
The concern with this is: Is it enough protection?
2. Mannlake also sells padded plastic bag:
The concern with this option is about this plastic, wont the condensation inside the hive and possibly kill the bees?
3. I have spoken with a local beekeeper, and he suggested wrapping both stories (hive bodies) in plastic saran wrap. He has only 3 hives though, so I'm assuming he is not a professional. The concern with his suggestion is the same as with Mannlake's padded plastic bag. Wont that create condensation?
Thank you very much in advance,