last week we removed the medium super of honey on each of the 4 hives that we had left for the bees to take down to the brood’s nest. We don’t feed our bees water and sugar but instead, we leave them with that they are supposed to be eating, honey.
The way we winterized the hive last year, and will so the same this year since we had great success is by placing an inner cover with a notch of about an inch for the top entrance just above the single brood chamber for ventilation, then we place an empty super that we fill with wood chips and close with an outer cover. We have started to buy the insolated cover too instead of the regular ones, they are heavy and great for winter, and just fine for summer since we don’t close then all the way anyways!
One thing that we are doing differently this year is to not use tar paper to wrap the body, I found that residue of tar had stained the wood, and I don’t think bees like tar, so we purchased some Beedry from Debbee’s Bees http://debbeesbees.ca/beedry-winter-hive-protection.php and it looks promising so far. It was quite easy to put on, we had to cut a hole for our upper entrance and cut a bit of the top part so the lid would fit, but I guess everyone has a different configuration, so it was easy to just make a couple adjustments for a perfect fit!
Last spring one of our hive had lots of mold in it in the spring, while the 2 others located on a different wood skid had no mold at all. The girls had made it, but barely, we noticed that that hive might of not been slanting forward enough, even it might have been slanted toward the back, so we fixed that too, and right away we saw a little water drip out. So remember all to slant your hive a bit forward beekeepers!
Now let hope they make it through his winter. The 2 out of the 3 hives located at Greta’s organic seeds and doing very well, one seems a bit weak. And the one in our back yard, a split that we made from the Russians hive, is doing also very good also.
Now its wax cleaning and candle making time!!