Preparing for winter

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by HunterMyrle, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. HunterMyrle

    HunterMyrle New Member

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    I live in NY here we get relatively cold winters and my bees currently have one deep full of brood and a little bit of honey and a second deep that they are starting to fill with honey. What are the steps I should take to start preparing them for winter? Thanks :grin:
     
  2. camero7

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    wait for the fall flow - goldenrod and aster. If they don't fill it out then you'll need to feed sugar syrup until it's full. If they don't fill it out you'll need to put fondant or sugar cakes on the top bars for them to move up to when they eat all the honey.
     

  3. HunterMyrle

    HunterMyrle New Member

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    Will they they only need 2 deeps to survive the winter? Thanks
     
  4. Ray

    Ray Member

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    A second deep full of honey should be plenty. I have made the mistake of leaving more boxes of honey on my hives. The bees just 'chimney'ed' up through the middle boxes, leaving honey below the cluster, that they wouldn't go down too.
     
  5. HunterMyrle

    HunterMyrle New Member

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    Wow! Thanks a lot I appreciate it :)
     
  6. camero7

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    I agree with Ray IF the hive is up to weight. If not, feed, feed feed.
     
  7. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    where abouts in new york are you?