Re: Random thought - Seperating boxes during winter in a small/weak hive with newspap
Other than feeding it seems like every time I've tried to help the bees out this time of year it's come back to bite me.
Personally I would not try the newspaper barrier now. I understand the logic behind attempting to contain the heat generated by the cluster, but there could be unintended consequences. If the bees stay in cluster my guess is the newspaper will absorb rising moisture and end up being a cold wet roof right over the bees. Moisture will not pass through it. It might not really work anyway. If the bees break cluster on a warm day they will move up and chew holes through the paper.
Other than a cluster smaller than we would like to see it sounds like they have everything they need just the way it is. I would leave them alone, insulate the hive, and hope for the best. JMHO.
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