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WHat do u all do to prepare a hive for winter? I have sealed up the hole on the 2nd deep, and rat proofed the entrance. I was Told I shouldnt cover up the hole for more gentilation, to decrease mostuire. What do u all think?
 

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I try to remove empty boxes, remove queen excluders, put mouse guards on (1/4" hardware cloth is my preference) and have a small top entrance for emergency exit when the snow is deep and ventilation purposes and close up the SBB.
 
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