Preparing the hive to help bees survive the winter by providing sugar water and pollen replacement. Also you need to reduce the opening to the hive to keep mice from getting in.
By feeding the bees they can store some food for the winter and using this method you can also start a brood for spring. David Burns shows how he sets everything up in his video. He and his wife Sheri are master beekeepers in Illinois and they have a great newsletter and even classes if you are close enough to attend them. They have all the products mentioned in the video and more. They even sell bee packages if you are looking to get started with beekeeping.
For me this is the next state over so if I were going to order bees and couldn’t find any here I would probably order mine through them. They have a lot of great info on their site for anyone that is interested in getting started in beekeeping or for folks that already have a hive or two, you may still learn things from them. You can watch the video and then visit the site if you would like even more info.
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