Wonder if i've made a mistake with this robbing screen
I placed a piece of 1/8" hardware cloth over the three hole entrance, extending 6" above to 6" below the holes. Open at the top and bottom for access to the real entrances. They are bearding on the screen. I'm wondering if I'm hurting their ability to cool the hive since they are not in contact with the hive. Thoughts?
Re: Wonder if i've made a mistake with this robbing screen
I doubt this is hurting them. Even if there was no screen in place and they were just bearding on the side of the hive they wouldn't really be cooling the inside of the hive. It's my understanding that when they beard they are really just getting outside of the hive to help reduce the temp, not actually cooling it off by fanning.