Shetland Felted Wool Inner Cover
Great pasture here in the Northwest side of Redmond, Oregon!
The idea for a wool cover (that would stay inside the hive all year long) was morphed from the Valhalla and Valkyrie Long Hives. Using old blankets, folded sometimes four-layers thick, (and, based on current heat-loss research), it became clear that the bees gained a great advantage. The Triple-Layer blanket, when fitted tightly on top of the canvas Inner Cover inside the Valkyrie, ensures that your colony has an easier time maintaining heat and humidity levels.
Our single-layer Shetland covers have themselves morphed into a three-layer mantle of re-purposed military wool blanket, a thick-and-lofty inner layer of the well-loved Shetland wool, and an outer layer of long-lasting fabric. The wool side is placed directly on top of the Canvas Cover (which is included with your Valkyrie Long Hive). Why is this recommended? Because the extra insulation helps the colony maintain optimum temperatures and humidity levels within the hive– all year long! Easier for the bees and the beekeeper!
“Effie” with her splendid, fluffy self!
“Lodestone”– such a handsome guy!
“Emilia” and her lambs– too cute!