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  1. #1
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    Jun 2008
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    Mechanicsville, VA, USA
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    Default hot weather and feeding

    I am a brand-new beekeeper, started with 2 nucs just about a week ago. We have been having a heat wave (high 90's-low 100's) here in Virginia for the last 4 or 5 days, with a few more to go. Per the advice of my bee club, I propped my out covers open with a stick for a couple of days. I took a look at the hives yesterday and saw that neither colony had done anything with the new foundation. I decided to feed them 1:1 sugar water, because some of the folks in our bee club were talking about a nectar dearth beginning in our area.

    My question: I am wondering if the hive top feeders (plastic m01451) I purchased will allow for enough ventilation during this hot spell. The outer cover sits right on the feeder (I guess this is how its supposed to work). I do have screened bottom boards on both hives.

    Thanks!

  2. #2
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    Grifton, NC
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    Thebees should be able to handle the ventilation. Make sure they have access to water somewhere nearby.
    Banjos and bees... how sweet it is!

  3. #3
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    There is a pond about 50 yards away from where I placed the hives.

  4. #4
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    Mar 2006
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    Chesterfield, VA
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    That should give them plenty of water. Good luck!
    Big T

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