Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience
In my opinion, this is the genetic propolizing trait of certain bees that is really the "elephant in the room" (#1).
Originally Posted by clong
Well discussed but gets ignored due to the US bee melting pot situation.
#2 - most all bees will propolise the strategic places that really affect the micro-climate control - the ceiling is one such place.
Install burlap directly over the frames and watch what happens - the fabric will be plugged very heavily and ASAP so to make it air/moisture impermeable.
Solid vertical wall faces are not the place to propolise so to critically control the hive temperature/humidity as they are mostly are air/moisture proof as-is.
It really is waste of valuable resource that takes lots of time and effort to harvest (propolise) to be applying it at random right and left.
You can rough the walls all you want, it not the really the biggest deal.
Am not sure why they even dwell on this "wall propolising" thing (a typical tangent, I feel).
Just google up different hive systems and try them ALL and watch how it really works.
For sure - the skeps or straw-walled hives where the wall propolising would be required to make the walls moisture/air proof so to make the habitable.
This standard, commercial box-hive centric research of anything and everything sends wrong signals.
Last edited by GregV; 07-30-2019 at 02:55 PM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.