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« on: May 20, 2008, 09:05:04 PM »

My 3 deep frame obs. hive gets a little moisture on the inside of the lexan from time to time.  Only the two lowest frames are occupied for now.  Should I ventilate the top?  Would small holes drilled in the lid be enough or must I add vent ports?  Could I remedy this with bees in the hive?  Shall I wait and see how it goes when the weather warms and the bees increase?
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2008, 06:24:38 AM »

>My 3 deep frame obs. hive gets a little moisture on the inside of the lexan from time to time.

You need more ventilation.

>  Only the two lowest frames are occupied for now.  Should I ventilate the top?

Or the sides or where vever.

>  Would small holes drilled in the lid be enough or must I add vent ports?

I'd put a 1/2" or more hole and cover on the inside with #8 hardware cloth.  If you go on top and use #7 you can use it to feed pollen in times of dearth or late winter.

>  Could I remedy this with bees in the hive?

Just haul it outside, and do it.  If you like take the frames of bees out and set them in a nuc while you work.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesobservationhives.htm#working

>  Shall I wait and see how it goes when the weather warms and the bees increase?

I would try to remedy it.
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesobservationhives.htm#ventilation
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