I am sorry if topic got mentioned before, but has anyone here tryed to "wrap" the hive with linoleum or oilcloth, I am not sure of the word. Basically it serves as wind protector,because 80% of heat losses of the hive attributed to windy conditions during the winter.
I put a wall in front of mine beeyard but was told that it is almost nothing, and hives need to be wrapped. I am in Moscow, Russia, where wheather conditions similar to, well... I think of those in Chicago.