Winterizing Hives

Having just experienced our first snow, it already feels like winter here in Ohio.  Living in the midwest, I am in love with the season changes.  I marvel in seeing the new growth and fresh start of Spring… I look forward to the long, sunny days of Summer… I LOVE the colors and smells of Fall… and Winter’s invitation to cozy up with those you love!

The joke about Ohio that you can experience all four seasons in one week; as Ohioans might don sandals on Monday and be in snow boots by Friday!

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As apiarists, we have a crucial role in ensuring our bee colonies are strong, well, and prepared for the potentially long, hard winter.  Starting from November and lasting all the way until March, we could experience below freezing temperatures.  With this, bees will be restricted to their hives and the honey stores they built up all Spring, Summer, and Fall.  In fact, bees don’t even fly once temperatures hit 55ยบ or below, so preparations should be made in advance of impending winter weather.

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