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Hello All,
I went to go check on my hives today and noticed one hive had water running out of the hive entrance (slot in the reducer) which had frozen. Since its close to 50 I quickly popped the top of the hive open and observed what appeared to be heavy (1/2") frost around the perimeter of the top box. No water/frost on the homosote board or inner cover. My current setup is the hive bodies-a short (3" tall box which I used to fill with dry sugar)- inner cover and a 1/2 homosote board with a 1/2" wide/deep channel routed in it leading to the hole in the inner cover. The moisture has run to the front of the hive since it is tipped so I dont believe any is dripping on the bees, however I would like to recify the situation. I drilled three 1/4" holes in the short sugar box at the top to increase ventilation. Does anyone have any suggestions or observations with what might be going on or any steps I can take to help fix the problem?? Hope you all have a happy holiday season and great new year!
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A "Heavy Hitter" will answer this with authority, but until then...

I think your fine. Knowing that there isn't condensation/ice on the "ceiling" should be a big relief to you.

I love these photos by Swobee:

http://s205.photobucket.com/albums/b...esDec22016.jpg
http://s205.photobucket.com/albums/b...Dec22008-1.jpg
http://s205.photobucket.com/albums/b...esDec22010.jpg
http://s205.photobucket.com/albums/b...Dec22007-1.jpg
http://s205.photobucket.com/albums/b...esDec22008.jpg
http://s205.photobucket.com/albums/b...esDec22007.jpg

I've been thinking about the ice that must accumulate on the sides and you have seen what I've been pondering over...

Did you wish the bees "Merry Christmas"?
 

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I put the homosote on the top frames. It has a hole in it where the inner cover does. Next comes the inner cover with provision for an upper entrance. (Notch in cover, Imirie shim). I also put sugar around the hole for later feed.



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I would get rid of the Inercocver-that is where the water seeps or runs in -the bees can only seal the bottom edge with propolise -they cant seal the top-where the three inch feed rim touches -thats the leak-take out the inercover -just as it shows in the movie and the bees will seal it up -make sure the feed rim fits correctly good luck -RDY-B
 
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