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.
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