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I was wondering at what temp I should take off hive wraps, I wrapped my hive 2 weeks ago when we had some bitterly cold temps in our area. since then we have had 7 inches of snow but today the temps are in the mid 40's. I wrapped them with tar paper and it seems to have worked out well, just need to know at what temp I should remove the wrap thanks.
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Early spring (late winter) is when they need the most help as they will be rearing brood and have to maintain warmer temps. I would wait until spring is well underway... but then I wouldn't wrap them in the first place...
 

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I was wondering at what temp I should take off hive wraps, I wrapped my hive 2 weeks ago when we had some bitterly cold temps in our area.
You did what? In NC? I know folks in NY who never wrap their colonies. Unless you are in the mountains, I don't see why you would do this. But, if you find that it is of benefit, keep it up.

Unwrap them when you see lots of pollen coming in and a warming trend to the weather.
 

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I've wrapped both of my hives and they're doing fine. Just seen them both flying around a bit in 43 degree weather and doing house cleaning. I used and old 40 gallon water heater wrap. It was already white and supported the top with a little duct tape and the hive top feeder. Had 'em on since November. Once temps climb into the 30's at night, I'll consider removing them.
 
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