Anybody in WI

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ForestFreak
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Anybody in WI

Postby ForestFreak » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:04 am

I have been thinking of moving back to WI. any treatment free people up that way. Looking at Dunn County area to be more particular.

jeapiary
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Re: Anybody in WI

Postby jeapiary » Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:22 pm

Well I just started, but I am east of Dunn Co. a ways...

jeapiary
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Re: Anybody in WI

Postby jeapiary » Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:05 pm

So what are people's methods for getting through a Wisconsin winter?

heidenmason
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Re: Anybody in WI

Postby heidenmason » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:32 am

Columbia County here

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GregV
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Re: Anybody in WI

Postby GregV » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:09 pm

County of Dane.
I am totally organic homesteader and a return beekeeper now too (as organic as I can be at that - TF).

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GregV
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Re: Anybody in WI

Postby GregV » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:11 pm

jeapiary wrote:So what are people's methods for getting through a Wisconsin winter?


Equipment is #1. Look at my pics under "nucs".
I am a non-standard; I don't do any Langs or TBs.
Dry sugar on top as insurance policy should work.

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Rurification
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Re: Anybody in WI

Postby Rurification » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:59 pm

jeapiary wrote:So what are people's methods for getting through a Wisconsin winter?


Look into using quilt boxes over the winter. I use 2-3 inch shims with window screen stapled to the bottom. Line the inside with denim from old blue jeans and fill that with cedar chips. Put pennies or construction wedge/shims in the corners and the inner cover on top of that.

There are people who drill holes in the sides for ventilation. I don't because I use these shims for all sorts of things and don't want the holes in the sides.

Doesn't really matter how tall they are - My husband builds them with whatever scrap he has. Last winter was one short and used an empty medium, screened the bottom, lined with denim and put a couple inches of chips in, and vented it. Worked just like the others.

These made it possible for me to over-winter here. [Extremely variable winter weather and can get down to the -20s]
Robin Edmundson
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