Hi everyone, We're total beginners at this and was hoping some of you can share you thoughts. We installed our first two packages last weekend and I will be doing my first inspection this coming weekend. We're extremely excited and can hardly wait! The installations went smoothly, after the first few days we saw plenty of pollen coming back into the boxes.. Our packages are in deep ten frame brood boxes with solid bottom boards with top feeders.
Everything I read told me to keep the reducer down to it's smallest opening at the beginning to stop robbing until the worker population can grow enough to guard the larger opening. However, I'm a little concerned that the hive doesn't have enough ventilation, especially since this weekend it's supposedly getting into the nineties here in SE Wisconsin! Am I just over worrying, will the girls not roast inside the hives??? (I know, stupid question probably) I've heard about propping the outer cover open a little..;.. would this just open new entrances that the workers will need to guard and invite potential robbing (especially with a top feeder right there under the inner cover)? Or is 90 plus days okay with the small reducer and solid bottom board. I almost went with screened bottom boards but read so many pro and cons, my head was swirling! Thanks in advance for any help!!!