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Overwintering your hives can be a challenge

We know the struggle!

 

First of all, if this is your first time overwintering bees, CONGRATULATIONS! That means you made it through your first summer beekeeping! That is a big feat in its own right. If you’ve overwintered before, but you’re here looking for guidance, KUDOS! Any step that you are taking to learn a little bit more about how to care for these amazing insects is a step in the right direction! If you are here and are bee-less, WELCOME! I hope you learn something new and interesting!

 

Now, back to overwintering. In over 10 years of beekeeping, we’ve had years of great overwintering success and some years where we haven’t. It has taken a great deal of research as well as trial and error to understand how to overwinter our bees to put them in a position where they are most likely to make it to spring. Luckily, we’ve put together this handy guide for winter management! This guide was initially created and used as course material for our in person courses, but now we’re sharing this guide with all of you!

 

This guide is FULL of information to help guide the winter management of your hives. We want you to be the best beekeepers you can be so as you go through this guide, we encourage you to take notes and be inquisitive.

Common overwintering questions

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This is my first beekeeping season. I made it through the summer, but now I’m  not quite sure where to start when it comes to winter management. Where do I begin?

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When should I feed my bees? How much should I be feeding my bees? Should I be using honey or syrup?

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Should I be trying to provide as much heat as possible for my hives? How important is it to monitor or maintain the hive’s heat?

If you’re asking yourself the same questions, DON’T WORRY! We’re here to help and we hope that this guide finds its way into your beekeeping toolbox.

WINTER MANAGEMENT GUIDE TOPICS
  • Compression and Organization 
  • Overwintering Doubles  
  • Overwintering Singles  
  • Top Bar Hives
  • Excess Honey  
  • Short on Stores

 

Go to Winter Manipulation

  • Candy and Dry Feed
  • Recipes  
  • Scheduling  
  • Pollen Stores 

 

Go to Feeding Your Bees

  • Principals of Energy Movement Throughout the Hive  
  • Moisture in the Hive  
  • Temperature Goals  
  • Air Flow and Ventilation 

 

Go to Thermodynamics

  • Bottom Boards Insulation  
  • Hive Body Insulation  
  • Hive Top Insulation  

 

Go to Winter Wraps

  • Sun or No Sun  
  • Flight Path and Yellow Snow  
  • Spring Pollen Sources

 

Go to Winter Yard Selection

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