it makes sense Jeff. Though I did read somewhere that bees can cope with the cold- better than they can cope with dampness. The problem with heavily insulated hives is they might not breathe well and become moldy and damp inside?
I like the idea of using a moisture quilt box- it add extra ventilation but also insulation. It seems if you wanted to insulate a hive better- starting with the roof is a good idea as heat rises- and also if the roof is warm then water won’t condense there and drip back down into the brood. If you have a thin roof/lid- it would be cold and water would condense as the hot moist air rises in the hive. It would be easy to insulate migratory lids- and the xtra benefit is it would help to keep out the summer heat
I am going to make some moisture quilts once i am set up in my new house- and test them out over the next season.
then- when I have time- i am going to make a solar powered hive heater for winters.
@JeffH and a note about poising colonies: this year as I was on a swarm catching list I got many calls about colonies in all kinds of places. I got quite a few where it sounded like a trap out was too difficult- and even if possible the ‘clients’ were not willing to pay what it might cost. Ones in Chimneys- high walls, asbestos filled houses about to be demolished, etc. I ONLY catch swarms so couldn’t do these jobs and had to refer people on. I don’t know if I could ever bring myself to kill a colony. It would just make me too sad. but I fully understand there are times where it has to be done.
I guess if i continue with swarm catching- I may have to learn about colony destruction too. God knows I could use the paid work… and it is a dirty job that should be paid for… still- at the moment even the idea of Euthanizing a queen is hard for me to get used too. Haven’t done it yet- hope I never have to!