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We are new beekeepers and want to protect our hives during the long cold frozen upstate NY mountain winter...we are thinking of building tight fitting boxes with appropriate escape holes for the winter. What do you think of this idea? It's either hive boxes or a wind break, but here, we think a hive box may be better ... Please let us know what you think. In upstate NY, on the MA/VT border...thank you. Jules
 

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i would go with a wind break. Bees are pretty hardy when it comes to over wintering and keeping the cluster warm. sometimes when you over insulate and try to help the bees it actually will do more harm than good
 

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Just remember that insulation works both ways, it will hold the heat of the bees in as well as hold the heat of the sunshine out.
 

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Bees overwinter as far as Canada without suffering. Why shouldn't we feel the same as them and let the hive ride it out? At best, you could pile brush around the hive , creating a "dead air " zone. However, I ,personally, would just let it bee.
 
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