Hives in the Snow
During the storm we had to clear the entrances numerous times. I don't know how long a hive can survive with a closed off entrance. I also don't want to find out. They are calling for freezing rain on Christmas. I may need an ice scraper before that's all done.
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The one piece of equipment that helps out the most in challenging weather is the extra wide roofs. An 1/8 inch sheet of sheet metal extends 6 inches on all sides. This adds shade in Summer & cover in wet or snowy weather. The old farmer had them on when I bought the hives. I never took them off and will include them on all future hives.
Speaking of hives I'm waiting for the next 40 degree day. A day too cool for the girls to fly but warm enough to allow me to wash the outside of the hives. Soap & water since I don't like the alcohol & ammonia in window cleaners.