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  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
elight23

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:04 am   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
I just wanted to share that my hive is looking great - the numbers have exploded! So I feel I can safely say that they survived their first, and a very cold, winter - thanks to your support and advic ...
  Topic: Moving Hive
elight23

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 6:18 pm   Subject: Moving Hive
I am moving and need to relocate my hive for a year to a friends house while I am in transition. It is about 15 miles away. I plan to cover and tape the opening, wrap it in a plastic bag and blacket ...
  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
elight23

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:46 pm   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
Thanks Smile I have the peaked cedar shingle roof back on top of the flat roof and I have filled the spaces with fiberglass batting. I have the sides covered with fleece and I closed the gap at the top ...
  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
elight23

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:03 pm   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
Hmm, maybe I'll just place a sheet of straight fiberglass, and remove the thin plastic - plus hay. Seems like a period of trial and error, but I'll focus on trying to let the top breath as much as po ...
  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
elight23

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:46 pm   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
I build the hive a nice peaked cedar roof last fall, but it doesn't cover the hive with the added insulation. However, I just acquired a narrow enough sheet of fiberglass batting that I will lay over ...
  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
elight23

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:17 am   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
I do have desiccant packs, maybe I'll add just a few. I'm sure they will saturate quickly. Wester Wa is really a very damp place, it doesn't dry out until late June. It's a temperate rainforest. W ...
  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
elight23

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:50 am   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
My hive, the golden mean, was a gift and can be seen here: http://www.backyardhive.com/General/General/BackYardHive_Beekeeping_Shop/
I build a second as per the Barefoot Beekeeper, but was never able ...
  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
elight23

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:31 pm   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
The honey isn't moldy, there's a tiny bit on mold on the bottom edge of the comb far away from the pristine honey.

I have had the hive well insulated on the top and the side that faces the wind and ...
  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
elight23

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:53 pm   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
By the way, it's a sold floor. I think I'll just leave the false back off and place in a spacer that will leave a about an 1/8" opening for ventilation and remove all reducers to the front.

S ...
  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
elight23

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:37 pm   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
After an unseasonably cold winter, I decided to check inside my hive for the first time in several months since we are experiencing a nice 50 degree day. I knew the bees were having trouble and that ...
 
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