Re: Who says top bar hives don't overwinter well?
Well, see with winter at " 35 to 45 degrees" I would have had more bees just about now.
Even a handful of bees can winter fine at such temps (just feed and insulate them).
You can pull a little cluster through just fine since they will not freeze.
I am yet to figure out how people winter nucs around me.
0% success in nuc wintering so far for me.
As well I am yet to see successful TBH keepers around me .
There are always few "wanna be natural" types and all they do - sell empty TBH equipment to each other after a couple of seasons.
I am all for it if I see people doing TBH around here successfully and consistently.
Being a cheap-skate, I'd be doing it too.
Your summer can be crappy, but you don't need to worry about freezing bees in summer and sugar syrup is cheap to keep them afloat.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame experimentation.