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  1. #1
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    Lightbulb Keeping Winter Bees Dry

    I stumbled across these two links yesterday...great ideas and that gabled roof in the second link could be fitted with a landscape cloth bottom then filled with wood chips:

    http://strathconabeekeepers.blogspot...ive-cover.html

    http://www.honeybeesuite.com/the-bes...#comment-26668

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Keeping Winter Bees Dry

    Is some moisture a bad thing? I would think the bees would like a chance to sip a bit of water during the winter.

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    Default Re: Keeping Winter Bees Dry

    Ya I think it is very important to have some moisture available. But wet bees are not good either
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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    Default Re: Keeping Winter Bees Dry

    Dry is better. We get cold here, wet is dead. Tony

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    Default Re: Keeping Winter Bees Dry

    Condensation dripping on bees is deadly. Condensation on hive parts or outer walls is a water supply.

    A "garden hive" roof is fine, filled with wood chips (not fine sawdust) is fine. Plastic covers that drip water on the inner cover is NOT fine.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Keeping Winter Bees Dry

    The bees do benefit from some condensation in the hive although, as mentioned, not the kind that rains down on them. Keeping a hive very dry with significant ventilation has not worked out for me. In fact, when I go into the fall with a lot of air movement (meaning a wide open bottom entrance and a gaping hole for a top entrance), the bees start to propolis the top entrance smaller and, in some cases, close it completely. I'm only guessing that they're doing that for a reason and the only one I can think of is to reduce the amount of airflow through the colony in the cold weather.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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