Here’s a few videos from November of my first hive. Watching it now, I spot a big mistake. If you are not going to have some kind of winter cover on the hives, I should have reduced the size of the entrance to keep the cold air out and warm air in. You can buy entrance reducers or make one if you have a shop. You can’t totally lock them in – the bees venture out to use the bathroom every once in a while when the weather isn’t too bad.
This hive eventually died. A mouse family set up shop in there, and it didn’t make it through the next few months.[iframe: src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/2383271″ width=”400″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″] [iframe: src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/2383274″ width=”400″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″]