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    Default Newbie needing help - overheating

    I wish I could post a picture. Temps today above 90. My top bar hive has bees hanging outside the box in the shape of a comb. Oodles of them. Is this ok??? Daughter made us the box for a Christmas present. The bottom of it is solid. Can I put a screen top on it for the days it's so very hot???

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/i...zv2fZEXnFcLKGC

    This is one way to vent a TBH. Other vents can be found by doing a Google Image search for TBH Venting.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=top+...da%3B400%3B213

    You might drill 1" holes in the follower board and cover them with screen ( mosquito screen will do). TBH hives top bars make a closed inner cover that needs bypassing, but without letting the bees enter the rear space. The holes should be near the top of the follower board.
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Have we melted the combs?!
    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    I can't tell - in the photo - is that a wire mesh cover?

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    No, it is just a small metal louvered vent, a hole with no cover will do as there are no bees up there. A cover just eliminates bees wandering into the top space, screen it.
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Julysun - I didn't read your entire post. We don't have a follower board. The hive has filled out 1/2 way. We've been feeding them inside the 2nd half. Husband says we should put popsicle sticks in the corners to elevate.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Good idea, LARGE popsicle sticks.
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Daughter made the lid flat not pitched. She used old fencing. No spacing of course. Husband covered top with metal sheeting to ensure weather proofing.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Could that pile of bees in the shape of a comb be a group about to swarm?

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    I guess I better start eating the Popsicles...... Good thing I have some.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    I posted them on YouTube. I'll find the link and post it. The queen has 1 wing clipped.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    I am not sure bees form up into a clump prior to swarming, most I read is that they generally get agitated inside the hive and come out in a rush. Maybe someone else can comment on this.
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Moderator has to approve my YouTube link. They are not agitated. They are very calmly "hanging out" from off each other.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Even with improved venting they will be slow to go back into the hive, may take several hours IMHO. Bees do their own thing, sometimes slowly.
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    This Popsicle stick is awfully thin. Think maybe 2 stacked?

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Pencils would work.
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    How many combs do you have? How big are they. Under normal conditions how packed is the hive with bees? Do you have empty (no comb) top bars? Possibly you just need to add top bars to reduce crowding.
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    It's almost dark and they are still hanging. But the other Langstroth hives all have ladies out. I'm not going to worry bout messing with the girls tonight. If I shake em up they really might swam. Tomorrow early before it heats up I will prop the lid about 1/4 or so all around. No one thinks I should put a screen over the top and leave the lid off?? We will have hotter days than this in August.

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    Julysun
    We have 5 Langstroth and 1 top bar. 1st summer with bees. Top bar 1/2 filled. Should I put empty bars in the brood nest area? Should I even disturb it in this heat??

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