1. Pack pine needles in all top empty supers to draw moisture away from bees. Worked last year. Fingers crossed. Don't forget this time to make a screen basket to hold the pine needles so feeding is not a chore in the spring and if fall allows it. This also will allow bees to come and go more easily instead of climbing through the needles. Last year we used a birch bark tunnel and they made do.
2. Make porches with roofs for all three hives for easy winter voiding flights.
3. Get homasote board back on Gold Hive.
|Lavender 8 frame Hive is the small colony that swarmed. Still feeding as we don't know what the weather will do but did decide to wrap. |
|Fuchsia 8 frame Hive still feeding but put on guard and hay bails on "cold" side. |
Snow predicted...first of the season.