Re: Compact vertial hives - wintering in Siberia
Not mid-winter, LJ.
Originally Posted by little_john
It is March; spring in that region and time to start setting the bees into the open.
To most on the West it may look as if mid-winter.
The Siberian summer for production purposes is very short (3 months) and intense (huge flows potentially) - time for the preps has begun if to produce anything worthwhile.
The ice issue - the bees overheated and were melting the snow around them (of course, the melt then froze back solid).
At the very beginning, you should notice (and he commented too) - the snow around the bee stacks was melted away.
So the shed is beneficial NOT because it is warmer (it is some, indeed); but because bees will not melt anything around them and create ice dams.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.