How important is a cover for Ob. Hive
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  1. #1
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    Default How important is a cover for Ob. Hive

    Just about done building my observation hive. It's an 8 frame (2x4) wall mount. Just curious how important it is to have covers over the glass?
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    Default Re: How important is a cover for Ob. Hive

    I operate mine without covers and the girls don't seem to care. I am currently running 2 that are 3x3 deep and a 2x4 deep. All lay on the exposed face just fine. The 3x3s a little less, of course, when the brood is less but it's not like they actively avoid the face. One actually has a little direct morning sunlight followed by office lights all day. Another is in a very bright (sunporch) room.

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    Default Re: How important is a cover for Ob. Hive

    They get used to it, but light obviously stressed them out. I cover mine with a black cotton broadcloth curtain. I just double it up and lay it over the top...
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    Default Re: How important is a cover for Ob. Hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Aroc View Post
    Just about done building my observation hive. It's an 8 frame (2x4) wall mount. Just curious how important it is to have covers over the glass?
    I've hadOB hive for three years ,I really enjoy watching and listening to them working I noticed they don't like a long run of bad weather Seames like they get louder longer than stretch is if u can make sure of ventilation on bottom sides and top. I use cardboard easy to pull off and simi cool if in a hot pourch or room in winter I use 1/2" board insullation. I learn so much about their world . Beekeeping 5 years have over 20 hives working .

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