As the previous thread "temporary shade" had gotten a bit off track I decided to start a new one.
I do not dispute the contention that hives in full sun are more productive. The bees are generally more active, and by direct observation they start about a month earlier and finish about a month later than the hives in full shade. They also swarm faster and more frequently than hives in full shade. I can say that my hived in full sun, with "temporary" shade during the peak season are extremely productive anyway.
>As for bearding....who cares? -- I do. In my opinion it is a sign of extreme stress that is unnecessary and I have the ability to control it.
>That's because hollow trees are usually in the woods. -- Ain't no hollow trees around here (city folk and all). They are generally building full nests on well shaded branches in trees. Easy pickins though.
Now, to all of you who have lost hives in the northeast this year. First my condolences. But second, a lot of you described them brooding up too early. So, think about this, had they been in full shade, would they still have brooded up so early? My personal, local, experience is that the ones in the shade are 3-6 weeks slower -- somewhat dependent upon air temps. Perhaps your losses would have been lower.
Ok, now you can start throwing rocks. -- Fuzzy