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Winterizing Your Bee Hive

November 06, 2015

Preparing to winterize your hive can be a daunting task, even for an experienced beekeeper. If you’re working with Langstroth and Warre hives, you’ll want to remove surplus boxes that could potentially become dead space for cold air, robbing valuable heat from clustered bees during winter months. Also, if you’re using screened bottom boards, closing ventilation inserts will help to trap heat inside the hive. Bees expend an incredible amount of energy over the course of the winter to maintain a consistent 90-degree temperature inside of their clusters. Help them conserve as much energy as possible is crucial. At the same time, it is also important to create a way for any excessive moisture to leave your hive. Because bees... Continue Reading →

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