The still pictures below are of what my hives will look like this winter (the second video also shows this). I keep trying different things in order to enhance survival chances.
There are links to my bee video page, then off to you tube which will have two separate videos. The first shows how to make a sugar board and the second shows the placement of the sugar board in the hive as well as the rest of the hive as it will go in to winter. The foam board "sleeve" is new for me.
The first is filmed in the outdoor kitchen where we made 5 gallons of cyser (cider& honey) as well as the sugar boards. The second was filmed in my shop which was much warmer,considering the snow&wind, than doing it in the bee yard.
I hope this may give you some ideas for overwintering. If we all keep trying and experimenting, we might come up with a "better way".
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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