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« on: December 28, 2013, 12:16:49 PM »

New bee keeper here just registered in Nova Scotia .. My name is Don and want to get back to grass roots no chem gardening and such.. I am planning on making the 45 gallon TBH for bees. Can someone tell me if they are good for cold conditions and if yes is there special ways to protect in winter. We get temps down to minus 15C and with wind chill maybe to minus 20C. Are the plastic barrel hives good for these temps.. TY...  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2013, 12:25:02 PM »

Howdy, and welcome to the forum.

That type of question would probably be best answered in the general beekeeping section. Be sure to put your location in so answers will be location specific. Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2013, 03:02:21 PM »

Hello and welcome!
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2013, 09:39:35 PM »

Welcome to the forum, Don.  I don't know how good  the plastic drum would work up there.  I have a TBH out of 3/4" boards.  I am thinking about building another with Langstroth frames.  That way I can put them in an extractor and/or change frames with my Lang hives.  More people would probably see your question in the general beek section as GSF has said.  It has been a while since I read Micheal Bushs writings, but I think he has mentioned about wooden TBHs up where he is, no sure though.  Good luck



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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2013, 06:45:21 AM »

Welcome to the forum, Don. 
TBH where designed for Kenya. A very warm climate. Not sure about severe cold climates.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2013, 08:57:48 AM »

Welcome to Beemaster Don.
I agree with Jim that they are really for a warmer climate than you have up there.
I just think you should go with Langs, as that is where you'll end up to keep them alive.
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2014, 03:07:18 PM »

A 45 gallon drum is probably a bit big.  I have several top bar hives that have always wintered well here and we are in zone 5.  Not sure how cold it gets there...
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2014, 07:21:42 PM »

How cold does it get where you are at.. It can get down to minus 15 degrees celcius here...
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