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I'm going to experiment by attaching two Langstroth hives together to make a horizontal hive. I know there will be gaps when I connect them. My plan is to fill the gaps with caulk, but I'm not sure if it will hurt the bees. Any feedback? I don't want it to be like my bees are sniffing glue or something. :)

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Laura P
 

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I wouldn't worry about bee health issues with caulk, but when I have holes or wood defects that I want to fill in my hives, I put some Titebond glue in the hole/gap and then press in some sawdust with my fingers. At about $17 per gallon for Titebond II, it is cheaper than caulk (and many paints) and very durable. Sawdust is readily available in my shop - and priced right! :)
 

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If they are only small gaps (less than bee space) the bees will caulk them for you. Otherwise TiteBond and sawdust is a great filler at a great price.


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Titebond and sawdust is always a winner, I use painters putty to seal nail holes in top covers before painting otherwise I let the bees do it.
 
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