I love bees. - Jacob Beeman
the inner cover. In the early Fall we feed with 1/1 syrup , as the weather
cools off we feed with 2/1 syrup , and when Winter sets in with cold
conditions we remove the inner cone and feed with dry sugar. In the depths
of Winter we don't want to introduce any extra moisture into the hive by
feeding with syrup.
As Winter draws to an end and the weather begins to warm up , we switch
back to 2/1 syrup. When Spring finally does arrive and the weather warms up
before the first flowers come out , we switch to 1/1 syrup. This simulates
a honey flow and stimulates the queen to lay .
You can see how the bees have closed down the upper entrance with propolis.
Bees are like beavers - little engineers that regulate the size of the upper
entrance to control the venting of the upper entrance and preventing the
" chimney effect " .
For those beekeepers who experience cold Winter conditions , we
recommend wrapping the hive with an insulated WINTER WRAP