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    Question Opening Hive

    I opened up the hive for the first time this spring and found the bottom board to be covered in dead bees. These bees where starting to get moldy and the mold was growing onto the bottom frames. The rest of the hive looks good and health and the queen is doing well. Should I expect this many dead bees and that much mold each spring?

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    Default Re: Opening Hive

    Do you have some kind of top vent?
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    Default Re: Opening Hive

    I am in Canada so I didn't want to have too much open on the top to the hive over the winter.

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    Default Re: Opening Hive

    You have mold because there was too much moisture / humidity in the hive over the winter. You will continue to have this problem until you find a way to vent that humidity. Wet bees are more at risk of dying than cold bees.

    If you feel that a simple top vent is not what you want, some people use a "quilt box" style with leaves or wood shavings acting as a partial barrier.
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    Default Re: Opening Hive

    Hi John,
    I am on the South Shore of NS in Auburndale. And I wintered my hives with no wrappings and a top vent with a vent hole in the front of the hive with a reducer on the front, the top cover was insulated with styrofoam and a feed bag under the foam . I had no mold in the hives at all. This being my first winter for my bees , next winter will be different , I think i will wrap them and everything else will be the same , also thinking about using 2 deeps and a medium , instead of just 2 deeps.
    Good luck

    Ben
    Ben Little <The Little Bee Farm> https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleBeeFarm
    Nova Scotia Canada

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    Default Re: Opening Hive

    Thanks for the tips! I think I need to rethink moisture and Humidity in the hive and provide better air flow.

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    Default Re: Opening Hive

    >I am in Canada so I didn't want to have too much open on the top to the hive over the winter.

    Here's someone in Ontario with a lot of ventilation in his hives...

    http://www.beeworks.com/modkit.html
    http://www.beeworks.com/d_e_details.html
    http://www.beeworks.com/d_e_hive.html
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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