Need Bees Removed?
Beekeeping Forums
December 28, 2014, 04:37:22 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: 24/7 Ventrilo Voice chat -click for instructions and free software here
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat  

Pages: [1]   Go Down
Author Topic: Winerizing Advice?!  (Read 678 times)
House Bee
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 104

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

« on: October 17, 2010, 12:55:34 PM »

OK It's mid-October here in W/ Iowa. What do I need to do to winterize my hives(2)?
Galactic Bee
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 8186

Location: Hiram, Georgia

« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010, 01:35:39 PM »

Check your anti-freeze and your battery, oh wait, hives.   How much food do they have stored up.   That is #1.  Close your hives up, SBB and reduce your entrance. 
L Daxon
Field Bee
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 669

Location: Oklahoma City

« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010, 01:41:24 PM »

At what temperatures should you close your hive up, i.e. at what temperature should you no longer be doing inspections for fear of chilling the brood?

linda d
Universal Bee
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 15338

Location: boring, oregon

« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2010, 01:53:18 PM »

if you live in a place that gets cold, i think it's as much about dates as temps.  the bees close the hive by sealing tops, cracks, etc with propolis.  every time you get into the hive, you break that seal.  for me, i need to be pretty much out of the hives by the end of September.  honey off, hives fed, queens checked, entrance reduced, bottoms closed, no more checks.

if i live in Florida or JP land, i could/would check all year, but in cold areas what are you checking for?  brood rearing is winding down and stores should be in.

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
Galactic Bee
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 3928

Location: Finland

« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2010, 04:02:54 PM »

OK It's mid-October here in W/ Iowa. What do I need to do to winterize my hives(2)?

First you should reduce the hive space for the size of winter cluster. Cluster will about same size as the brood area during late summer.  If the brood area has been maximum 5 frames, the hive need only 5-6 frames for winter. Put the the frames into winter space and shake bees from other frames in front of the entrance.

Put an white empty comb against the wall. It the comb is full of pollen like bees use to do, it will get mould easily.

So -  white comb-pollen comb,  brood combs-  pollen comb - and white comb against the wall.

Then feed the hive full sugar syrup 1:2.  If combs are not full they will not cap the food.
It the box is full of brood and you cannot feed them, put an empty box over the brood and feed it full to be capped.


Language barrier NOT included
Pages: [1]   Go Up
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.20 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.232 seconds with 21 queries.

Google visited last this page November 29, 2014, 04:19:43 AM