Winterizing Your Top Bar Hive for the Colder Months
Here in Colorado we experience very cold winters. Most of the content in this article is directed toward those who live in cold winter climates. Insulating the beehive, and keeping a full hive of honey is important in areas where you will experience below-freezing temperatures for many days at a time. Obviously, if you live in a very warm climate like Florida it will not be necessary to winterize your hive. Understand that you may need to adjust this information for your specific climate and area.
Insulating Your Bee Hive for Winter
We have created an insulating solution that is as close as possible to what the bees experience in nature when living inside a hollow of a tree.
Bees have lived in well-insulated natural cavities for thousands of years.
If you only read one thing this fall about overwintering your bees, this article should be it.
Bees can handle very cold temperatures, even as cold as the Arctic Circle. What bees have not yet adapted to is sudden drops in temperature. We have to provide thermal insulation that internally slows the temperature drop in the hive. Read More