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First year observations on periscope entrance and Eco floor

 
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Smorning
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:24 am    Post subject: First year observations on periscope entrance and Eco floor Reply with quote

These are my personal observations on using both a periscope entrance and Eco floor this year with no treatments whatsoever.

The periscope entrance eliminated robbing by wasps in late summer a big bonus as one of my hives with conventional cork entrances was decimated as were two nationals.

There was reduced ventilation in the hive which combined with the eco floor increased humidity in the hive resulting in mould formation on the follower board which started to warp as a result. Although a similar increase in humidity was noted in the hive with just a periscope entrance the impact was not as stark.

The hive population did not build up as readily as other hives in the apiary and although they have stores these are limited, I suspect they will need feeding in the winter. The hive with just a periscope entrance was far more populated with better stores.

The hives are the first to become active in the morning once the sun hits the side of the hives the bees are out, beating other hives by up to a hour.

Conclusions

Open at present but I have concerns about the level of humidity in the hives but that's from comparison with others in my apiary rather from the bees perspective. I am also a bit concerned with numbers and stores however only time will tell what happens over the winter in summary experiment ongoing.

The results are from my apiary in Kent UK over the course of 2015 of which two tbhs have Eco floors with periscope entrances and one just has a persiscope entrance compared to 12 other hives of various construction designs.

Anybody else tried these and come to any preliminary or final conclusions ?
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Smorning
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been given some advice by a number of people many thanks in summary:-

Consider using shellac on the internal walls makes hive a better condenser, this is something I did not do but I will do next year.

Maybe drill additional holes to assist ventilation that could be opened and closed as required. This can be easily accommodated in the periscope entrance at the top and sounds a very good idea, maybe I will use a mesh over these to ensure original entrance is retained whilst ventilation is improved.
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