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  1. Re: Humidity - Insulated hive - no top exits

    Swarm Hunter - My first take on 1/3 up is a question. What does the bottom board look like? There are several processes that are affected by entrance design. CO2 although diffused in air is...
  2. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    Frank, I started down this path in fear of my logic would be painfully wrong. I had problems, observed condensation, mold, wet stuff but no dead bees. One event looked like a mysterious dehumidifier...
  3. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    LJ, I wish I had read this before making some other comments. Thanks for taking the time to explain. I will also re-read it - not that I agree with all you wrote. I will make no comment about...
  4. Re: Humidity - Insulated hive - no top exits

    I forgot to point out a one-time observation in three hives that can be verified over time. It would seem that relative humidity is allowed to go high in a winter hive, 80 to 90 % RH at the top,...
  5. Re: Humidity - Insulated hive - no top exits

    GG, " large deeper comb in the center for the winter time?" That was one reason plus some intuition after reading Tom Seelys' in the hive stuff, guidance on feeding - Palmer, listening to various...
  6. Re: Humidity - Insulated hive - no top exits

    LJ, We obviously have a problem with definitions of words and the applied meaning of the words. To further the issue with definitions I quote Dr. Ellis "A single honey bee is a cold blooded insect;...
  7. Re: Humidity - Insulated hive - no top exits

    Elmer quote "I wonder if some of the humidity problems I had may have to do with higher temperature swings in our area. " I think, only think, I may have been where you are with swings in internal...
  8. Re: Humidity - Insulated hive - no top exits

    Varroa effects is a plus, the negative is foul brood incidence. There is a study showing an increase above 70% ( check this) causes an increase in FB in the Spring. I have not read the article. The...
  9. Re: Humidity - Insulated hive - no top exits

    Brain fart elemer_fud, I thought I had posted it above.

    The humidity sensors have a +/- 7% tolerance for RH and a +/-1F for temperature. The sensors are located above a heavily propolized...
  10. Humidity - Insulated hive - no top exits

    I have been recording temperature and RH in a top chamber for three well insulated hives, daily, along with external temperature and relative humidity. Internal relative humidity has been dropping...
  11. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    LJ, "It's not an issue of physics at all - it's an issue of biology."

    let's see if we can clarify the first issue, physics and biology relationship. I found this as the best description of how I...
  12. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    I keep top insulation on with no top vent all last year. The combination of a good flow year and top insulation produced an incredible yield (just luck too). I did check internal top temperature...
  13. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    Crofter "Wings would not co operate! " - Interesting, logical observation - I wonder how it could be verified - they cannot back in? But what would be the purpose of abdomen first? And the queen has...
  14. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    It would seem all-foam boxes need more ventilation. When I closed the rear vent and fornt vent leaving the exit only a puddle formed in the bottom of the 5 frame EPS nuc. I had to open all vents. ...
  15. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    LJ - "any colony insulation requirements can always be met by the bees themselves by the mechanism of clustering behaviour"

    Do you like reacting to thermal stress situations, physical stress such...
  16. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    I'm keeping mine on, R20 top, R10 sides, no top vent. Based on hive weighing from Nov.2 till a week ago I have not noticed anything out of the ordinary with respect of hoeny consumption. I have not...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I have plenty to do right now. I had a good 1/2 mask cartridge type filter mask for wood working dust. I often use an old hooded, Gortex jacket. The only real issue is getting food safely. The...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I have not read that and I live in coastal RI. The governor has asked the NY'ers coming in, many own summer homes along the coastal areas, to quarantine themselves for 14 days. I believe that is...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    Just wait a couple more weeks. BTW, swarming season is on - we are being flooded with NY cars, like it was summertime. Now, I'll never be able to find toilet paper or a ventilator.
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I'm getting my Martian space suit ready to go shopping. When wearing it, Tyvek bunny suit, you are protecting people from you. They should thank you as you maybe asymptomatic. I would consider it a...
  21. Re: Shelter in place...unintended consequences

    I believe the answer is the Veterans Administration which has a mandate from Congress. Now the question is was funding provided or even requested? I do believe the Pandemic team, 400 strong (that...
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    Re: Wax moth larva mystery

    I have not had that problem since adding toads and snakes to my garden, 20 years now. But Brussel sprouts are impossible without some kind of help. Cabbage is doable except when a woodchuck and a...
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    Re: Wax moth larva mystery

    I recently read Xentrari like product is being evaluated by the EPA for beekeeping purposes. Likely will be approved but the cost of maintaining approval seems weird and detrimental. But I do not...
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    Re: Honey Storage / fermentation

    I find my neighbors, after being told what it is, love the partially fermented honey. All my honey is checked and below 18%. It is becoming a privarte Reserved Honey.
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    Re: Any beekeepers sick w CV-19? SURVEY

    grozzie2 quote "I can say with absolute 100% certainty, this is not the case." Ever hear of the Uncertainty Principle? Personally I am so busy with early Spring, working a little farm, having to...
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