In order to better explain effective wintering of bees, Lynwood Sweyt presented an example of his latest hive set up.
If experience counts, and it does, Lynwood has the numbers on his side.
It was immediately evident that Mr. Sweyt’s hive was meticulously built. Carefully placed entrance holes drilled and sanded to
specification were able to accept plugs when not in use. The metal entrance reducer tightly fit beneath the smooth paint job he had
applied to his hive bodies.
Feeding was first addressed as Mr. Sweyt pointed out his enhanced inner cover design that allows large blocks of candied sugar to be placed as well as viewed during consumption. Lynwood believes that ample amounts of hard candy are your best defense against starvation.
He also believes that carefully timed and repeated mite treatment is imperative. He demonstrates how he is able to introduce his
Heilyser vaporizer through a sliding metal gate at the entrance. Here, the oxalic acid will enter and permeate the hive while a foam blocker is held in place to keep any vapors from escaping.
Notice that his hive is painted a dark green color to absorb the suns warmth. The hive front will remain as shown in the photo while the three remaining sides will be covered for the winter with rigid foam painted black.