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Preparing for winter. Tom Pankonen Honey Pimp Aparies. The basics. Preparing for winter begins mid to late summer! Healthy colony Plenty of quality food Prevent moisture Ventilation Critters. What’s wrong here?. Consolidate. Reduce the hive to the essentials

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preparing for winter

Preparing for winter

Tom Pankonen

Honey Pimp Aparies

the basics
The basics
  • Preparing for winter begins mid to late summer!
  • Healthy colony
  • Plenty of quality food
  • Prevent moisture
  • Ventilation
  • Critters
consolidate
Consolidate
  • Reduce the hive to the essentials
  • If the hive is light, DON’T HARVEST!
  • If it’s still light, FEED!
  • Think about consolidating week hives
plenty of bees1
Plenty of bees
  • Ensures a healthy queen laying eggs
  • Plenty of workers to bring in pollen for winter brood rearing and stores
  • The more bees the easier it is to fill deeps and supers with honey for feeding
brood patterns
Brood patterns

agdev.anr.udel.edu

plenty of honey
Plenty of honey

indyurbanbeekeeping.org

incorrect
incorrect

hive-mind.com

wrapping
WRAPPING
  • PROS
    • Reduces drafts
    • Provides dark color to absorb sunlight
  • Cons
    • Reduces ventilation
    • Warms the hive to the point the bees think its warm out
    • Can shift and block entrances