Hey everyone, we are David and Sheri Burns at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms, www.honeybeesonline.com
We are a week into fall already, can you believe it? We hope you are staying safe and healthy and enjoying the beautiful fall season.
Many beekeepers started beekeeping in 2020, some due to COVID, looking for a hobby to pass the time during quarantine. You’ve put some hard work into keeping your bees healthy all year so now it is time to put on the finishing touches to prepare them for a harsh winter.
Do Bees Hibernate In The Winter? No, they remain active all winter. However, the queen lays less eggs and the colony clusters together to stay warm as soon as the temps drop below 50 degrees (f).
Should You Wrap Your Hive For Winter? Yes, and No. Sometimes wrapping a hive with insulation can be helpful, but other times it can prevent the winter sun from warming the box.
Here are other questions I am often asked about getting bees through the winter?
How much should I reduce my entrance? Should I close up my screen bottom board or leave it open? How do I feed my bees in the winter? Should I leave one honey super on? Should I remove the queen excluder? How do I know if I have enough bees to make it through winter?
Over the last few months you may have made a few mistakes. But since bees thrive in the spring and summer your bees likely recovered and picked up the pace again. However, now that it is fall, there is no room for error. Mistakes now will have devastating results.
Take our ONLINE “Getting Your Bees Through Winter” course!
This course will answer your questions on getting your bees through the winter. This course is a must to fully understand how to help your bees overwinter. This course is yours forever once you purchase it. EAS Certified master beekeeper, David Burns will explain how to prepare your bees for winter. Enjoy this course on your own time at your own pace, in the comfort and safety of your home. Watch at your own pace in private, by yourself.