looking for your best tips for winterizing hives. ~ thanks!
I think TLR15 meant entrance Reducers I "second" those and having checked for full stores, insulation With venting,having a wind shield, and mouse guards.We wrap our hives with tar paper and put in entrance excluders. I also put a vent board on the top super and homosote on the inside of the cover.
For extreme cold the hives could also be fenced in close and stuffed with hay.
And as Al has said, make sure they have enough food. We don't feed our bees, we just make sure we leave them enough honey.
Duh, yeah reducers.I think TLR15 meant entrance Reducers I "second" those and having checked for full stores, insulation With venting,having a wind shield, and mouse guards.
The moisture thing is a serious issue. This is my first year keeping bees, and will be my first winter with them. In preparing them for winter, this past Saturday I cracked the top cover to look inside and to my shock, I found that there was already so much moisture that was rising through the hole in the inner cover, that it was building up right above the opening on the top cover and was creating mold!!!Duh, yeah reducers.
Here's a picture of one of our hives. We're trying something new this year.
That unpainted piece, with the hole drilled in it just below the cover at the top of the hive, is a new vented spacer my BIL came up with for his hives. There is also an inner cover under the spacer, it has a 3" hole in the middle of it. Years past we just put something under one end of the cover to tilt that end up to allow for air flow.