Watching the honeybee in all its glorious industry have come to their natural seasonal end. The time to prep for winter has come. Beekeepers have come to understand that the greatest threats to their honeybees during winter is moisture and starvation. Enough honey and pollen should be left for their nourishment. In Ohio, this is about 75 pounds. Every effort is made to keep moisture out of the hive. Ventilation, a desiccant, such as wood chips and moisture boards are used to absorb the moisture in the hive. Some beekeepers even put cozies on their hives to insulate them. We humans are born nurturers and cultivators. We are happiest when we fulfill this role!
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