Wintering Shed

Wintering Shed Reservations

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Photo courtesy of Steppler Farms

We will be offering climate controlled indoor honeybee storage. We will not be offering any colony services in the fall; colony health will be dependent on the owner’s care. We are not guaranteeing survival, only a climate controlled environment. The building is ventilated, temperature controlled and has a generator back up in case of power outages.

We will start putting the colonies in the building between late November and Late December (weather depending). Colonies will be removed from the building around March 1st.

We will immediately feed colonies syrup and pollen substitute when the bees are removed. Owners will be responsible for all feeding costs.

Colony pickup will start once the bees are removed from the building, Any colonies remaining here after April 1st will be charged a $3/day storage fee plus feeds.

We will be offering a restocking option if your colony does not survive, but the owner is responsible for the replacement bees and feed. Prices TBD

Reasons for using a wintering shed:

  1. The bees in sheds are not flying, foraging, or rearing brood (activities that require a lot of energy), so they can conserve energy and build up body fat.
  2. Wintering sheds stay cold and dark, so colonies are broodless. Some beekeepers consider this broodless period to be a mite treatment, because Varroa mites are not able to reproduce without brood. This means that mite numbers will not increase, and mites in the colony may die or get too old to successfully reproduce.
  3. Since the colony goes through a “winter,” and is dormant, the queen does not lay for a period of time, this gives the queen a break from laying eggs. Some beekeepers said that this break increases queen longevity.
  4. When the colonies are removed and put on the ground, they experience a dramatic change in temperature. The queen starts laying again very quickly, which some beekeepers said leads to a population boom. If the colonies spend the winter outside, the temperature is variable, and increases slowly in February and March, causing the bees to ramp up their brood production through a slow process. Some beekeepers said their shed bees look healthier and bigger.


  • Colonies should be treated and well fed.
  • Drop off starting October 1st
  • Colonies will need to be on 4-way pallets with migratory covers. (We have limited pallets and covers available), We are planning to have new ones available to purchase in the spring.
  • Colonies need to be picked up by March 31st. We will begin scheduling pick ups after March 1st.
  • The owner is responsible for any additional feeding or replacement costs.
Quantity Price
1 - 8 $35.00
9 - 24 $30.00
25 - 100 $28.00

Call for pricing if you have more than 100 colonies

*By selecting this option you agree to pay for the cost of a replacement package plus an installation fee.

(not refundable if registering before drop off)