MullersLaneFarm said:For winterizing your hives - make sure you have enough honey to last your winter. Here in NW IL, I like to keep 2 full deep supers.
If you used a bottomless bottom board, you will want to install an actual bottom board. You will want to put on an entrance reducer and attach a mouse guard (wire cloth big enough for bees to pass through but not mice.)
Some folks wrap in tar paper to help reduce drafts. If your hive is in a protected area, you may not need to do this. Remember that some ventilation is good in a hive to prevent too much moisture in there.
I know this is very basic - will anyone else give suggestions on how they winterize their hives??