Catching our first small swarm of 2017 in Quebec. This swarm was out the hive at around 12 pm when temperature reached about 25 degrees Celsius
To make sure that bees survive harsh winters of Quebec, I always ensure that beehives are very well insulated for the winter and bees are well prepared to survive it.
I have prepared the following checklist which helps me to ensure that I don’t miss anything when inspecting and wintering beehives:
- Leave at least 45 lbs to 65 lbs (20kg to 30kg) of honey to make sure your bees have sufficient food supply to get through the winter
- Inspect heney bees for viruses, bacteria, fungi, parastic mites, insect pests or predators
- Ensure that queen is strong enough to survive the winter. Ideally, you should have young strong queen.
- Inspect beehive to make sure it is intact, properly ventilated and dry.
- Insulate the beehive
My ultimate beehive insulation kit
- Thermal bubble insulation
- Garbage bags
- Small stapler
- Manual stapler gun
My name is Dmitro Klimko, I am a beekeeper from Montreal, Canada.
My contact info: + 1 (514) 577-7227
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I started this blog to share my knowledge with anyone, interested in getting into beekeeping. Here you can find all kinds of information from beekeeping equipment, management of beehives and honey production.
This is me and my wife Svitlana .
These are my bees.
And very tasty Honey.
We grow Shitake Mashrooms and other organic vegetables in our garden
And we enjoy fishing 🙂