Fall and Winter Preparation

My 12 Step Winter Prep Approach:

1. Insert Bee escape and pull honey (not much surplus this year but my top brood box is in the 75-100 lb range - I can hardly lift alone)

2. Remove one empty frame per deep Usually bees ignore outside frames

3. (NEW) Insert new 2 1x10 frame blank per deep (help with moisture and remove empty space where bees usually get wet in winter during warm spells followed by cold spells - condensation)

4. Treat each hive with Nozevit+ (certified organic Nosema treatment (NEW)

5. Feed 4 L of 2:1 syrup (more if they go through it quickly)

6. Feed pollen patty

7. Treat OAV for varroa (1st year hives)

When cold sets in: (remove any pollen patty left in the hive)

8. Put extra medium on top to hold combined moisture quilt and dry sugar cake. New setup will let me easily add pollen patty and baggy feed bags in spring. I'll put a piece of styro above feed area to prevent heat loss. Still debating top entrance or no top entrance. I have had better success without.

9. Bring hives off the stand onto 2" styro and ~2 pallets (or when I get a strong helping hand)

10. Bubble wrap 2 hives together (or 2" styrofoam + bubble wrap for wood hives)

11. Protect front entrance from snow and wind (use piece of plywood)

12. Ignore them until March...

Quebec Bee Escape

Bee escape placed between honey super and main hive bodies overnight

OAV mite treatment

Bee gobbling down a pollen patty / 2:1 sugar syrup is also being fed to hive to backfill shrinking brood nest

Prepping my candy board and moisture quilt

installing sugar board / adding wood shavings to 2 compartments

Hives placed together to share heat and reduce exposure

Fall Management and Overwintering