Final Winter Prep and Blogroll Suggestions

Today I finally got around to putting the insulating foam in place between the inner cover and the outer cover of my remaining hive at home.



I also propped up the outer cover with a stick to ensure it had plenty of air gap to allow warm moist air to escape from the hive so that moisture doesn't build up during the winter.

I've run with screen bottom boards since I've started beekeeping, and I like them a lot. I've always left them open during the winter and I think I'll do the same this winter.

Aside from checking on this hive periodically through the winter, I'm about done in the apiary until spring.

On a different topic, I'd like to do a little maintenance on the blogroll on the left navigation of this site. I've got some blogs that I follow that are informative, funny and just plain enjoyable to read linked over there.

Some of them have gone stale, as in I'm pretty sure the blog owners abandoned their blog, as they haven't been updated in quite some time.

Additionally, I'm sure there are blogs out there that I've not read before.

If you've got a blog that I don't have listed, or you follow one you think I should add to my list, please send me an email or leave a suggestion in the comments below.

Thanks!


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Nick Holmes says...
Date:   December 3, 2013, 4:40 am

I thought I would drop a note over concern for your bees. 

I am led to believe that you should ventilate top or bottom, but never both, or you get a chimney effect and it draws all the heat through the hive and out the top chilling your bees to the point of there being a problem.

Having an open floor should be plenty of ventilation, a thermal cycle / convection current will set up based around the heat rising, drawing cold air up, pushing the moisture to the sides and condensing to drop out of the hive through the floor. Having an opening to vent at the top the air will rise and the moisture will leave through the top, but so will a lot of the heat, meaning the bees have to work harder possibly using up all their stores or making them so cold they end up with isolation starvation by not being able to move around to the food.





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