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Author Topic: How to keep rain out of a long hive?  (Read 2991 times)
Alpal
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« on: September 09, 2014, 09:51:34 AM »

Hi everyone

I am contemplating building a long hive to take Langstroth deep frames (I think about 31). All the research I have come up with shows the hive being covered with lids just butted up next to each other. Wouldn't this let rain in?

I am thinking of using a top entrance as well as no other ventilation.

Am I missing something?

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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2014, 12:06:55 AM »

read the first sticky under topbarhives. maybe it will give you an idea.
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2014, 09:54:38 AM »

>Wouldn't this let rain in?

The bees fill the cracks.  Though I have to admit if it's been wet and it gets really dry sometimes the wood swells enough to push them apart and then shrinks enough to make a gap that takes them a few days to fill.  But it has never seemed to hurt anything at all.
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