update - please advise about insulation
so here is an update about my situation. I could sure use some advice!
Please please remember I use a "square Lazutin" hive. I think it might be comparable to a Warre Hive, only I am using frames that are 17" deep in a 22" deep hive.
I installed a package yesterday, the queen died somehow. When I examined the interior of the hive I couldn't see any clear clump. But I may have missed something in the very front. I don't remember moving those bars.
It was cold last night and it is getting colder tonight, close to freezing. I'm going to add more insulation to the hive, and would love to hear about your techniques.
My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.