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Offline happybees

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4 way pallets question
« on: February 23, 2010, 02:31:06 AM »
I have my hives on 4-way pallets with strips, which create the entrance.  Two hives face the opposite direction of the other two. During the rainy season, a lot of water gathers at the bottom of some hives.
 I guess, the rain gets mostly through the entrance, if the pallet is inclined  or through other cracks. Moisture stimulates the mold growth and is bad for bees. I had a case when bees bearably were able to get out through the entrance, because water was so high.  
I made some holes on bottom boards (pallets), but they got clogged with dirt.
Now, I want to reconstruct the hives to keep the water away. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you.    

Offline rdy-b

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Re: 4 way pallets question
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 03:04:38 AM »
one thing i notice this year i had to buy extra pallets -the pallets i run dont have any decking between the hives -but the pallets this year had solid plywood deck -rain watter builds on the deck and runs under the beeway strip-so i made weep holes-inside the hive area and the deck between the hives-the weep holes had to be at least 1 inch (how big did you make yours)-so now the mice can get in but mice go where it is dry :) so if you have the pallets with the continuos deck  the problem is worse than the pallets with open deck-any way somtimes it is condensation-sometimes rain-but with pallets there are always two hive that the watter runs to- RDY-B

Offline MacfromNS

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Re: 4 way pallets question
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2010, 06:41:55 AM »
When I make my bottom boards, I make them to drain out the front so you don't have to lean the hive.Now for the ones you already have, put a piece of 1x1 under the back side.
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