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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
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    Enfield, Ct.
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    Default re-thinking where I placed my hives

    Just got in from checking hives and am wondering if I did right thing. I didn't install A/C units in them soooooo (humor). There is nowhere on this property that is "Ideal", no real early sun, lots of wind most of the time. Even the opposite from where I have them is shaded since about 3pm. The hives are in the sun now. H1 which is usually bustling is not doing much H2 is as usual a little activity, H3 is normal ( as observed since installed). I have top feeder an inner cover. Temp went from 60 daytime to 80+ today. Question- do you think they can keep it cool enough? I was thinking about winter when I installed them also was trying to block some wind as well for winter.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Gaston, SC
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    Default Re: re-thinking where I placed my hives

    many of us here in the south put our hives in full sun,, bees keep it cool enough, and it helps with keeping hive beetles in check

  3. #3
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    Apr 2013
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    Enfield, Ct.
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    Default Re: re-thinking where I placed my hives

    Thanks- just over thinking again. got the feeder on so the air might be a little slower is all. I lived in south Fl for 9 years and they have bees there, it got over 100 on a regular basis so I guess 80 isn't all that bad.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: re-thinking where I placed my hives

    http://bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#locating

    The bees always seem to do best in full sun...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Fort Wayne, IN
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    Default Re: re-thinking where I placed my hives

    Just make sure they have a reliable water source.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Slidell, LA, USA
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    Default Re: re-thinking where I placed my hives

    We use screened bottom boards and maybe a piece of plywood to knock out some of that afternoon sun seems to help. We have temperature and humidity problems so most of the experienced local beekeepers recommend good ventilation and a little added shade.

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