We finally got around to wrapping our hives for the winter. Here’s another how-to video narrated by me with a sore throat.
I thought about using corrugated plastic as a type of winter wrap, but I didn’t have time to mess with that, so I stuck with following the traditional roofing felt wrap method. We don’t plan to touch the hives again until late January or early February when we might have to feed them candy cakes and pollen patties. See Wrapping Hives for Winter and Winter Preparations – Part 1 for more info.
UPDATE (Nov. 14/11, 7:20am): I just took this photo of frost on top of the hives — proof that the insulation installed over the inner covers is working.
If the insulation wasn’t working, the frost would melt away from the heating escaping from the hives.
NOVEMBER 13, 2016: I don’t always wrap my hives, but when I do, I still use roofing felt much like I demonstrate in this video. The only difference today is that I use thumb tacks or push pins to attach the wrap because it’s quiet and doesn’t disturb the bees, and I don’t fold any excess wrap inside the top cover. I cut the wrap so it reaches just below the top cover. Folding the wrap in holds moisture inside the hive, and we don’t want that.