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Winter Approaches

Winter’s Coming! (Whether You Like It or Not)

By Education Specialist

Editor’s Note: While this article is a reprint from about a year ago, the information is still very relevant.

Winter’s coming, and depending on where you live this can be hard on your bees. This is the time when you want to be sure your hives are stuffed with young bees and honey for the potentially hard months ahead. In Kentucky and most points north you will want to have two deep boxes to the point where you can barely tilt them because of the weight of their stored honey. This food is vital for their winter survival, and the positioning of it can also be critical. I try to follow a mental checklist for my colonies as I inspect this time of the year.