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Freezing cold front coming: are your bees ready?

Polar Vortex temps are coming down to a neighborhood near us soon, with 3 days of temps below 20F with a low down to 1F, a relative first for us in Texas, so what's a mindful beekeeper to do?

  • Generally, in Central Texas, if your hives have enough food and you have not fed pollen supplements or weekly sugar syrup (which tends to induce early brood rearing), they should be fine...

  • Top-Bar hives made of 2" lumber are twice as insulated as hives made out of 1" wood and should be fine as long as they had food left last time you visited. Also, the horizontal configuration makes it much easier for the bees to ha