Getting your colonies ready for winter

By John A. Gaut

Winter is coming and it’s time to ready the colonies for the cold months.beesinsulate

Winterization Checklist

 Adequate Honey Stores, 60 pounds or more

 Good pollen reserves, 4 + frames of mostly pollen

 Large population of young healthy bees

 Low Mite levels

 Upper entrance

 Reduced and mouse guarded bottom entrance

 Minimize Air Infiltration

 Close Bottom Board on Screened Bottoms

 Tape any gaps in boxes

 Insulate the top of the hive between between the inner cover and the outer cover

 Insulate the hive sides

Click below to learn more about your bees and the winter months, and how to properly insulate the hives

Winter Biology and Insulation of Hives 2016