Will your hives make it through the winter?

That’s the key question that almost every beekeeper around here – and just about anywhere else for that matter – is asking.

As the weather is turning cooler, there may be little that we can do about the number of bees in a hive, which is a key to how well they will do through the cold months. But we can assure that they have food.

Many of the days are still warm enough to check inside the hives to see how they are doing, and we should take advantage of those days.

How warm should it be before a hive is opened?

You’ll get different answers to that, of course, depending on who you ask. Most beekeepers feel like it’s okay to open a hive if it gets to 55 or 60 degrees.

Try to do it when the sun is shining and there’s no wind. Have the food ready to go, and close quickly.

 

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