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When to close the ventilation holes

 
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Uwe in USA
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Location: Arlington, Virginia, USA

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:10 pm    Post subject: When to close the ventilation holes Reply with quote

Hi all,
When I built my TBBH I also installed ventilation holes at the bottom of the Hive protected with mesh and in the Winter I close it with a cork.
There are five of them inches apart through the hive floor. It was very hot here and so I had them opened through the summer. Now it is getting down to 54F at night but the days are still in the 80s. When do you think I can or should close those holes? This is my first Fall/Winter with this kind of TBBH

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Uwe
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mannanin
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think if you are at the end of summer and not expecting days where the temperature is going to hit 90F, you should be closing up your extra ventilation holes any time soon. They should get more than enough ventilation via your normal entrance holes which I would guess are end entrance or Michael Bush style. Good luck through winter and hope they come out fine in spring.
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Uwe in USA
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:44 pm    Post subject: Top Bar Bee Hive Reply with quote

Thanks, my Top Bar Bee Hive has its entry holes in the middle. Each is I inch and 3 inches apart. The next Top Bar I am building at the moment has a mesh floor with a board to lock in place.

Thanks again for your answer

Uwe
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luk_lak
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its beginning of Autumn here in London.

I've checked my observation window and colony shrank significantly, can see few combs with honey without bees on it. Most of them I guess now are in brood nest.

Anyway, I've just reduced my last entrance hole using wine cork to half size. There is not much traffic going on anymore (maybe because of weather?) so I hope that will be enough.

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Merinos
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This year I wanted to see what my bees prefers... so I made both sides entries: on the long side & on the short one.

They have chosen : only the long side is used... & the short side holes are closed with propolis.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have try to not closing them at all.
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