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  1. #1
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    Default condensation in observation hive

    How much condensation is ok in observation hive? My hive is in an unheated barn and with cold nights were having in western ny in the morning the glass has quite a bit of condensation on it. The hive is a bonterra double wide 10 frame. By @ 1-2pm the moisture is gone but before that the glass is about 50% covered with moisture. The hive seems to be doing quite well with new brood, capped honey, pollen and lots of larvae. I have insulated foam board that I cover up glass with. I'm htinking as weather warms up it may condense less but run into same issue when weather cools in fall and winter. Any feedback would be great. Thanks, patrick

  2. #2
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    Ashtabula, OH
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    Default Re: condensation in observation hive

    The warmer weather may help but my OB is doing the same thing here in Ohio. Same conditions. I am going to put in some more vents for them.
    Today it was in the low 60's and there were bees faning the hive.

  3. #3
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    Knox, Pa. USA
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    Default Re: condensation in observation hive

    ventilate, ventilate, ventilate, if your hive is in an unheated location then you can close off the vents when needed. Mine is is a heated building and I never have condensation on the glass.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: condensation in observation hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Tenbears View Post
    ventilate, ventilate, ventilate, if your hive is in an unheated location then you can close off the vents when needed. Mine is is a heated building and I never have condensation on the glass.
    Yeah I may try to ventilate some more but kind of tricky with 10,000 bees inside... any ideas?

  5. #5
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    May 2013
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    Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
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    Default Re: condensation in observation hive

    "Yeah I may try to ventilate some more but kind of tricky with 10,000 bees inside... any ideas?"
    Make sure that the upper moisture vents are not blocked. Consider moving to a different side of the barn if practical. Best wishes.

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