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air vents on hive tops

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Does anyone use air vents on the top of their beehives? I resently seen hive tops with a 1/2" x 3/8" air vent on opposite corners of the tops. The beekeper doing it this way is convinced that it greatly reduces condensation at the lid in cold temps and makes for more healthy hives. What are your thoughts on this? and maybe your insite. Thanks Warren
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Tim at honeyrunapiaries.com has plans for a hive top ventilation box... I use it on my colonies with solid bottom boards and love them. No bearding and colonies seem to thrive. I tried one with a SBB also and I think it was WAY too much ventilation, but if you have solid bottom boards and haven't yet switched, try a top box.
 
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