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Preparation for Winter


#1

I got a package of bees for my Warre hive in the Spring. Currently I have 3 boxes, but the bottom one is completely empty. Do I remove it for the winter so the volume is smaller or leave it so it will be available when the bees need it in Jan/Feb? I live just north of San Francisco so winters are quite mild?


#2

I’d remove the empty box and store it along with the combs from your other hive. Then as soon as spring arrives I’d add at least one box – probably 2 – to the bottom.

Matt