A sustainable approach for replacing winter honey bee colony losses using locally produced nucleus bee hives overwintered in polystyrene boxes

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2008: $1,606.23
Projected End Date: 12/31/2011
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
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  • Animal Products: honey


  • Animal Production: general animal production

    Proposal summary:

    This project will evaluate the success of overwintering small honey bee colonies in polystyrene nucleus boxes. These colonies, established the previous summer, will then be available as an immediate local resource for replacing standard-sized production colonies that do not survive the winter.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.