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moisture droplets on top bars

 
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rainman1962
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:57 am    Post subject: moisture droplets on top bars Reply with quote

I got my first swam of bees last week and today I removed a couple of the top bars to see how they are doing. The bars I removed had no comb but there was water forming droplets on the underside. The top of the top bars were completely dry as was the floor (eco floor) of the hive. Is this water normal? will it lead to mold?

Thanks all!

Jeff
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steved6530
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff

The moisture you describe is probably condensation created by the bees normal activity.It is not normally a problem as bees will create an airflow through the hive to regulate temperature and humidity

Steve
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jeff,

I know you've been getting a lot of cold rain lately, so I have a couple of suggestions.

I haven't seen your setup, but you said you removed a couple of topbars that they were not building on yet. Maybe they have more bars than they "need". If you bring the followers in until they have maybe 6 bars you'll encourage them to build along the topbars (rather than cross comb) and cut down on the amount of space they need to heat.

Maybe you can add some insulation over the topbars and under the lid. That would help conserve heat and maybe cut down on the condensation.
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