BEE COZY Winter Hive Wrap
Bee Cozy Checklist
APPLYING THE BEE COZY
Put the Bee Cozy on your hive once temperatures are consistently below cluster point of 50°F(10°C).
REMOVING THE BEE COZY
Take the Bee Cozy off your hive when temperatures are consistently above cluster point of 50°F(10°C), and
possible snap freezes have passed.
THE BEE COZY FIT
Once the Bee Cozy has fully expanded, it should be snug to hive with some give around the sides and tighter to the
corners. Keep the wrap seam to the front; the seam creates a tunnel opening where the top and bottom hive entrances are
Top and bottom entrances allow moisture to escape from the hive. Tip colonies forward so any moisture drains
away from the entrance. Place a moisture absorbent material such as newspaper below the InnerCover Pad.
INNER COVER PAD
Two treatment options when local thresholds are met, choose from 7-day or 21-day treatments.Inner Cover Pads are designed to go inside a deep inner cover or shallow super. Leave the plastic cover on. Tuck in
Bee Cozy Steps
1. CREATE A BOTTOM OPENING ON THE HIVE
Place a 2 inch nail above the entrance reducer to lift the wrap up, which creates a bottom entrance for the bees.
2. TIP YOUR COLONIES FORWARD
Tip your colonies forward slightly with shims to allow moisture to run away from the entrance.
3. ROLL AIR OUT OF BEE COZY WRAP
Roll excess air out of the Bee Cozy so it can slide over the colony easier. This helps to prevent tears while applying.
4. KEEP THE WRAP SEAM TO THE FRONT OF HIVE
Keep the wrap seam to the front of the hive. Top and bottom hive entrances are required. Allow 1 day for wrap to fully inflate after storage.
5. PLACE INNER COVER PAD*
Place Inner Cover Pad inside a deep inner cover or shallow super.
*Inner Cover Pads sold separately
6. UNWRAP, COMPRESS & STORE
Carefully remove. Compress air out and store in a dry location.
Maximize your honey crop by winterizing your colonies. Healthy, wrapped colonies start off stronger in the spring and produce up to 2X the amount of honey compared to other colonies
"The Bee Cozies are reusable year after year, so when you calculate it out, they are not prohibitively expensive, especially if it saves you from having to order more bees. I’ve gotten years out of mine so far, and I don’t see an issue going forward."
"This method of wintering hives uses one insulated black wrap that goes over each hive individually. is has got to be the easiest way to winter hives in that, it is very little work. In 4 easy steps the hive is ready for winter."
"4/4 colonies in the Bee Cozy survived the winter and 0/3 unwrapped hives survived…the Bee Cozy is by far the best bang for buck of all of the treatments and would be an investment well worth making for the small scale beekeeper. It’s cheap insurance and requires no moving of live bee colonies, or additional infrastructure. And unlike the straw bales, it seems to insulate the sides without overprotecting the hives allowing natural behavioral patterns to maintain some normalcy"
- Bear Creek Organics