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Dcats
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 8:13 pm    Post subject: Two questions. Reply with quote

I built 4 TBHs, got two packages of bee's 3 weeks ago, and they seem to be doing well up to this point. Plan on next year if all goes well to split them into the other hives, as population allows. Any ways my 2 questions.

1. I have side entrance's on my hives, started them with just one hole open. When will I open the other two holes? When I start expanding the area between the follower boards?

2. This one pertains to helping the bees keep a good temp in their hives during the hot part of the summer. My roof of the hives are gabled, with the roof being 1/4 in. plywood. I was wondering if I was to put a sheet of Styrofoam board on the underside of the plywood to keep any heat from the roof its self from radiating downwards toward the hive? Has anyone tried any thing like this? or do you think it would not be a good idea, and why?
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

answers,

1, when you see you have a queue building up to get in, if there's to many bees trying to get through one hole, they may brush pollen off

2, yes, lots insulate the roof to keep the heat out in summer
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Che Guebuddha
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ifthe summer is good your packages could swarm end of Jun or in July. If the colony is strong with lots of brood it is possible to split them in a week or two. Strong colony has at least 8-10 combs of live bees. If your colonies are on the weaker side I would not split them.

I have only one 30mm round top entrance on my hives and so far I dont see a reason to have more entrances. Landing board is a good idea but i have hives without it and bees seem to be doing well without it.

I have styrofoam under the roofs of all my hives year around to aid with either hot or cold weather.
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Dcats
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you both. Will add the styro asap Smile
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