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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Should I give my hive more sun?

    Unless you are a commercial and are trying to squeeze every pound of honey possible, what do you care about most?

    For sure I do care to be able to work my bees in shade (for sure afternoon shade).
    Personal well-being is still #1.
    Bees will be just fine, but I keep them in partial/full shade.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Should I give my hive more sun?

    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    Unless you are a commercial and are trying to squeeze every pound of honey possible, what do you care about most?

    For sure I do care to be able to work my bees in shade (for sure afternoon shade).
    Personal well-being is still #1.
    Bees will be just fine, but I keep them in partial/full shade.
    If you are in the south where shb are challenging full sun is a must and beekeepers comfort is not found even in the shade.

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    Default Re: Should I give my hive more sun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Drone View Post
    If you are in the south where shb are challenging full sun is a must and beekeepers comfort is not found even in the shade.
    I feel even better about our freezing winters just about now.
    Colder it is, fewer pests we have.
    Working in the shade sure is nice!
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Should I give my hive more sun?

    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    Unless you are a commercial and are trying to squeeze every pound of honey possible, what do you care about most?

    For sure I do care to be able to work my bees in shade (for sure afternoon shade).
    Personal well-being is still #1.
    Bees will be just fine, but I keep them in partial/full shade.
    The original post was from a beekeeper in VA. If they don't have SHB now, they will shortly.
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    Default Re: Should I give my hive more sun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Drone View Post
    If you are in the south where shb are challenging full sun is a must and beekeepers comfort is not found even in the shade.
    Got that right.

  7. #26
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    Default Re: Should I give my hive more sun?

    There is clear evidence that full sun helps mitigate varroa.
    My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.

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    Default Re: Should I give my hive more sun?

    yet, you dont provide any.

  9. #28
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    Default Re: Should I give my hive more sun?

    http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/...arroa_mite.htm
    -fifth paragraph from the end.

    I realize from how I'm feeling right now I'm taking the troll bait.

    did you really want the citation??? or are you just being pokey.


    Quote Originally Posted by jooky View Post
    yet, you dont provide any.
    My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.

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    Default Re: Should I give my hive more sun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yunzow View Post
    There is clear evidence that full sun helps mitigate varroa.
    I’m not sure that you reference provides “clear evidence.”
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  11. #30
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    Ask a local beekeeper.

    I've had no problems with hives in full sun in upstate New York, but the hives in full sun did better.

    I also had no varroa problems in my untreated hives, even after years of keeping them.

    When I moved to Western Washington state, and started with new bees, I was unable to keep a hive alive without treating for varroa, spring buildup was much different than in New York.

    In general most beekeepers have fewer problems in full sun, and better production.

    But if all you have is shade, and you're concerned, ask an experienced local beekeeper about what kind if affect that might have where *you* live.

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