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winterization

  1. Equipment/Hardware
    Hello, I am a first year beek going into winter and I have been researching a kinds of winterizing methods and hive setups. One thing that I did not come across anyone suggesting, which an acquaintance suggested, was to place a slatted rack on top of the hive right above the inner cover. This...
  2. Bee Forum
    New beekeeper getting ready for the first winter! I am in Chicago and the weather seems to have finally turned to 40s & 50s. I've been away the last 3 weeks so I haven't had a chance to do winter prep until now. I have to take off one super of honey to consolidate them into 3 boxes for the...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I don't have my own hive yet, as I'm still a student, but I'm thinking of starting up when I return to Minnesota. My county in MN is zone 4b....it gets cold! Do the bees require any special care over the winter? What's the best way to winterize a hive? Is beekeeping even practical in such a...
  4. Bee Forum
    Hello, This is my first season beekeeping. I live in Connecticut and need to prepare my hive for the winter. During my last two visits, I have seen no new eggs, leading me to believe the queen is gone. The entire upper deep is full of capped honey,and the lower deep had mature eggs. Is it...
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