Winter Prep…

I’ve finished building the insulation for the hives to prepare for Winter.

2 Inch styrofoam panels on 3 sides and completely on the top; lightly bolted to the hives, with 30lb tar paper on the front; Vivaldi boards with opening exposed via topping it with inner cover, then telescoping lid; burlap in the Vivaldi, and fondant and/or pollen patti in the feedbox within the Vivaldi.

Why are there 2 hives instead of 3?

Yellow was having issues late this summer; lost the queen, so we had to combine the Nuc back into Yellow;

“Almost every emergency of management can be met forthwith by putting something into or taking something out of a nucleus…”

– E.B. Wedmore, A Manual of Beekeeping