FAQ: Overwintering

Q1: When should you move colonies into the overwintering room?

A1: It is important to get them in before there is too much snow, but if the average temperature is below 5 degrees C, then that’s a good time. Note that this is specific for Southwestern Ontario.

Q2: When should you take indoor overwintered colonies outside in the spring?

A2: Colonies can be moved out in late March or early April depending on the forecasts. I like to see an average temperature of higher than 5C before moving them out. Note that this is Southwestern Ontario specific and may differ depending on your local climate.

Q3: Do you leave screen bottom boards on in the winter? 

A3: Yes, but we have a normal bottom board under them, and we close off the back and reduce the front entrance to prevent drafts.