Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska
Thanks for the good review (I have seen your notes already, but this is a good condensation of it).
Originally Posted by yukonjeff
Especially I like how you confirm the benefit of large empty space under the bees (largely empty super).
Clear demonstration of what the people argue about - sufficient under-frame buffer (or empty super) is good for wintering.
Speaking of sugar syrup for the winter..
If possible for the bees to have light types of honey (fire weed, clovers) - those are good for wintering and work fine.
For example, frames of early light honey can be taken off and saved for the bees (to be returned for the wintering).
It is the dark kinds of honey that better taken off due to solids.
If not possible to separate the honey types, might as well do the sugar than.
Treating of course a different subject.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.