A Beehive Ventilation Box



The more I learn about beekeeping, the more I love our chickens! 

Just kidding...while I do love the girls and their farm-fresh eggs, they're really
pretty low maintenance. This time of year I'm keeping an eye on the temperature
in the coop, plugging in the heated waterer on frosty nights, surrounding the
coop with straw bales, and adding lots of shavings & straw inside the coop
to keep the girls snug for the winter to come.

The bees, on the other hand, have given me much more reason to read...read...read.
They too were pretty low maintenance in the summer, but now my goal has shifted
from hoping not to get stung, to doing all I can to keep them alive through the

The bee inspector says they have plenty of honey stores, and that's a good
thing...it's the food storage they'll use to survive this coming winter. My
mouse guard is in place (evidently hives are considered a cozy winter spot for
the field mice!) and now that the temperatures have dropped to the 20's at
night, I have straw bales surrounding the hive to screen it from the chilly
winds. This weekend I'll wrap the hive in tar paper, replace the bales, then
cross my fingers and wait for spring.

With a break in the weather recently, I've put a ventilation box on the hive. Our neighbor 
has one she used successfully last year, and so we patterned ours to be very similar.

Mary Murray
1/29/2013 4:47:56 PM

In my beekeeping adventures, I've learned no two beekeepers do things identically...that's part of the reality in this hobby. I've pulled information from the beekeepers with the most experience, and knowledge...some of them beekeepers for over 40 years. As of today, it's my experience that the vent box has done it's job. Today we're at an unexpected 60 degrees and the bees are out on cleansing flights...showing me they've survived their first hard winter.

Mike Stanley
12/29/2012 3:45:45 PM

Mark, Although the "fat bee man" does have a lot of information on beekeeping, well, I won't say anything negative here. As for his great site on You Tube, I refer to my previsous sentence. About that vent with all those holes. I'm waiting to see all the frozen moisture collect on the fiber glass right at the hole. It of course will eventually evaporate. As a long term beekeeper, I'd say it's way too much venting, way too too much. Mike.

12/28/2012 2:46:53 PM

Hey Mary my name is mark miller i found a great site on YOU TUBE by fineshooter(the fat bee man).I think he has about 100 videos on beekeeping.his info is all about organic,cheap,and easy.i cant believe that he gives all this info for free.happy bee keeping.

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