maybe the good old days were good
It has been a long since I have been around honeybees in any caretaker capacity. I do not remember any of the old beeks talking about anything except foul brood and wax moths. I seem to remember that they though AFB and EFB were one and the same. A lot has happened in 40 plus years, and all of it seems bad. Where once we only had wax moths and foul brood, now we have AFB, EFB, nosema, tracheal mites, sack brood, chalk brood, stone brood, varroa mites, chronic bee paralysis, Israeli bee paralysis, other bee paralysis, black queen cell virus, small hive beetles and how CCD. I apologize to any bee pathogen I omitted. Makes you wonder about the statement that the good old days were not that good.
I see a lot of equipment in catalogs that has me scratching my head. I understand the reasons for using reversible top covers, and migratory top covers and flat top covers it’s about logistics. I have seen pictures of hives of local beeks who use these before mentioned covers. My questions are, can you use a flat, migratory, or any other top besides a telescoping top cover year round and the reasons. Also if one uses a flat top cover what about an inner top cover, is one needed?
The TTC, if I understand right, was designed to minimize condensation on the hive roof during cold winters. Is the flat top cover suitable for my climatic conditions or must I use a TTC? If one uses a flat top cover will you have enough ventilation up draft? What about drilling a hole in the top box and screening it over or leaving it open for a top entrance during the flow? How about sliding a flat top cover over enough to make an 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch crack between the top super and the bottom of the top cover to help cure the honey or vent other moist warm air? I realize that the telescoping cover comes off easy because it is not usually glued down by the tenants. Will I create mean bees by repeatedly popping a propolised flat cover off?
Your answers are welcome
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