Oddly out of keeping with the poetry of rural economy. Still, I am chagrined that I did not conceive this and look forward to some side by side comparisons. I would also be curious how this would affect hive beetle populations which seem to not like full sun.
Michael, what do you think of popsicle sticks under the lid for ventilation? Causing bees to work harder to cool? Hot and humid here.The bees are very adept at ventilation and their process is quite complex and instantly adjustable to conditions. This system is none of those things... bees have to cool the hive through careful control of ventilation and evaporation... if you just move hot air into the hive it will make it impossible for them to cool it...
How does someone make money off of that idea? Is there a company in China exporting sticks? (sarcasm, in case someone didn't get it.)