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  1. #1
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    Default Full sun or filtered sun?

    About ready to set up my two hives and am trying to decide on whether or not to place them in full sun. I could also put them in a spot where they would get full sun until noon or so then be in shade/filtered sun for the rest of the day until sunset. Which is the better spot? Our temps here can easily hit mid-90's from late June well into August. Will the bees care?
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    Default Re: Full sun or filtered sun?

    If you have Small Hive Bettels put them in full sun it helps keep them out of the hives.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Full sun or filtered sun?

    Internal hive temperatures are generally maintained by the bees at 94 degrees (at least for brood). So external temperatures of mid 90s is not a problem. I'd put them in full sun.

    Here's a hive internal temperature reference:
    http://files.uniteddiversity.com/Bee...emperature.pdf
    Page 186 has a summary table.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Full sun or filtered sun?

    I'd probably go with full sun. My best colonies are those that receive the most sunlight. The bees seem to do a better job regulating hot temps than trying to deal with cool weather.
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    Default Re: Full sun or filtered sun?

    Keep in mind the bees want it at 90 degrees. So their idea of cumfy is just a bit different than ours.
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  6. #6
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    Default Re: Full sun or filtered sun?

    good feedback all. thanks. full sun it will be for the ladies.
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  7. #7
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    Slidell, LA, USA
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    Default Re: Full sun or filtered sun?

    During the hottest part of our year I will lay/lean a piece of plywood over the hives temporarily blocking the direct afternoon sun. We get some really hot, muggy, still days in July and August.

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