Chapter 9: Preparing for Overwintering and Seeing the Results in the Spring

WASBA Beginning Beekeeping Certification

This chapter discusses the steps necessary to prepare your colonies for overwintering including merging colonies, providing supplemental feed, and providing protection from winter weather. Some description is given about the winter cluster and it also discusses what you may see in the spring.

Please read chapter 9 as well as review the video or other material for this chapter. While the added videos are a go source of information, the test will be taken from the chapter 9 reading and video. Please fill free to leave comments or ask questions. The test will be posted Saturday the June 27th.

Test Open on Saturday June 27

6 Responses

  1. Nathan
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    Questions:
    1. The book says to replace wood frames every 3 to 5 years (page 64 bottom). Does this just mean clearing the honey comb and cleaning the frame back to its new state or destroying the frame?

    • Alan Woods
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      I actually scrap all of the wax off of my frames clean them really good, re-wax and reuse.

  2. Nathan
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    2. I was told once the comb looks very dirty, it should be removed as it is full of waste? Is this a procedure you do in spring when cleaning up the hive? How dirty is “dirty”?

    • Alan Woods
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      This is not always the case. If you ever clean wax off of an old frame you will see that most of it is pollen residue. However, it is important to change out your frames on a regular basic. We do a four years cycle.

  3. Nathan
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    3. It was mentioned also cleaning the hive of mildew with a bleach mixture. Is the mixture 1 tsp / quart water (1/3 cup per gallon) as with people bleach water cleaning or should the ration be less due to the small insect bodies?

    • Alan Woods
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      Yes, this mixture is fine. But make sure to remove and clean off the bottom board as well.

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