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Are you ready for winter? Everything you need to winterize your hive.

by Chelsea Callas September 15, 2016 5 Comments

Are you ready for winter? Everything you need to winterize your hive.

Winterize your hive

Bzzzz, not brrrrrr! Although you may still be enjoying some final rays of late summer sunshine (if you're lucky),  now is the time to get your hive ready for winter.

Proactivity is of the utmost importance when preparing your hive for winter. When the weather drops below 55º(f) you should, under no circumstance, open your hive. Doing so breaks your bees' propolis seal which they built up for insulation. This means you should be prepping your hive now, so that when the temperature drops, your hive is ready to weather the elements. 

We've got the tools of the trade to get your hive set up and ready to go from the inside out. 

Overwintering tools

1. Langstroth Peaked Roof   2. Langstroth Insulation Box   3. Tung Oil   4. Entrance Reducer   5. Universal Hive Stand   6. Double Jar Feeder

Do you have more questions about overwintering? Check out our Vimeo or Youtube channel for our information-packed overwintering video series. 

Chelsea Callas
Chelsea Callas


5 Responses

Bee Thinking
Bee Thinking

November 17, 2016

Hi Brooks! You can order top bar entrance reducers right here: https://www.beethinking.com/collections/parts-accessories/products/tbh-entrance-reducing-bung

Bee Thinking
Bee Thinking

November 17, 2016

Hi Brian! You would use one or the other. The entrance reducer is small enough to keep mice out, but is more likely to be chewed through by mice and other rodents than the metal mouse guard. It really comes down to the beekeeper’s preference. Hope this helps!

Brian
Brian

October 05, 2016

Hi – your video shows the use of a mouse guard and an entrance reducer, but apparently not at the same time. Should you use both? If so, what would you recommend? (I have a Langstroth-type hive set-up with three medium boxes.)

Brooks
Brooks

October 05, 2016

Entrance reducer for top bar hive as seen in the video? Or even extra bungs that I could drill myself. Thanks.

Jeffery Raley
Jeffery Raley

October 04, 2016

Wool blankets wrapped around the hive?

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