November 18, 2012

Putting the Bees Away for the Winter

We have had a couple surprisingly warm days lately, the last gasps of summer. When given the chance the bees still go out and forage. They even come back with pollen, although I have no idea where they could have gotten it.
Despite the mild days it is time to prepare the bees for winter, which involves doing a final hive check to see if they have enough food, wrapping the hive in tar paper (with a little escape hole in the top), and putting a moisture board under the cover to help it stay dry inside.
Last year with the single hive I also put a piece of insulation under the tar paper, this year with four it was left out. Now all that is left is to wait and worry until February and hope they have enough food and whatever else for the winter.

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