Tag Archives: Winter

Winter Rain and Frost Protection

Just wanted to provide you’ll a visual of two forms of how I protect my hives from the elements during the cold and wet season. This first colony, yes, still 5 mediums tall with a full load of honey, is … Continue reading

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First Frost of the Season

Last night it dipped into the chilling 30’s and we woke up to a light blanket of frost. Appears to be a repeat of last year in Nov where we got frost and rain almost the entire month. Nov 9: … Continue reading

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Providing a Roof and Insulation for Your Hive

As many of you know my practice is to provide my hives with some sort of cover or roof during the wet and cold months along with top insulation to help keep the heat in. As stated before almost anything … Continue reading

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November Weather – Cold and Wet

Last year November and December were the two months that took a toll on many hives throughout the Bay Area with much continuous rain and frost. This year the start of November isn’t looking any better with rains forecasted for … Continue reading

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Queen Excluder – Remove Now

I do not use Queen Excluders but I know some of you do. If you have not done so already be sure to remove those queen excluders as one of your Winter prep items. You wouldn’t want the queen to … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Hives For Fall and Winter

Winter preparation for your bee hives will vary depending on your location. What I’m about to write is how I prepare for my Winter months for my general location in the Silicon Valley. 1) For the cold, frosty, and wet … Continue reading

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