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Telescoping vs Migratory for the purpose of winter warmth?

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Telescoping vs Migratory for the purpose of winter warmth?

Western New York, USA.

I have a 12’ long rail made of 2x6s that I keep my hives on. Last year was the first year I successfully overwintered and did it with two double deeps and hive wraps.

As of now I have five hives with telescoping covers and canvas inner covers, plus one nuc. I was about to start thinking of ordering more wraps when I had the thought that making some migratory covers and pushing the hives together in December might be more cost effective and possibly more effective in general.

I’d then reset the hives a foot apart in March and swap the covers back for the season.

What do y’all think? Would you buy separate wraps for each hive or push them together for winter warmth?

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