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Offline slacker361

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even to hot for the bees
« on: May 30, 2011, 10:16:21 PM »
We have been in the 60 -70's  for the last couple of months mostly rain, and then today in mid 90's and even the bees didnt want to work just hang out on the front porch.....
 



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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011, 10:23:47 PM »
A slatted rack would help on that middle hive.

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 10:29:27 PM »
I see that some of those hives are not painted. Is there some kind of clear sealer on them? Larry

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011, 10:59:05 PM »
boiled linseed oil.... I like the natural wood look.....

slatted rack ... where does that go????

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2011, 11:08:10 PM »
boiled linseed oil.... I like the natural wood look.....

slatted rack ... where does that go????

 Between the bottom board and the bottom box. Or you could wedge the telescoping cover up with a small stick to encourage more airflow.

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2011, 11:49:20 PM »
Or you can do as I do and enjoy the beard. To me, it's a sign of a healthy hive.
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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2011, 11:51:46 PM »
i have the screened bottom board ....do you still need a rack with that?

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2011, 12:06:20 AM »
It depends on where you are and how hot it gets and how many bees are in your hive.  I run all of my hives with a screened bottom board, a slatted rack, and beer bottle caps raising up the telescoping cover a little - and I don't have beards on the front of my hives even in Atlanta, GA except on the hottest of hot days and then it's a small beard, comparatively.

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2011, 12:18:13 PM »
boiled linseed oil.... I like the natural wood look.....

slatted rack ... where does that go????

Yes, the natural wood look is nice. Thanks, Larry

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2011, 12:31:37 PM »
Maybe I need some slats... the beard completely covers my hives and most of the sides. They are healthy... and NOT THE FIRST SHB SEEN in my inspections on Saturday. :devilbanana: Amazing what putting them in full sun did.

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2011, 08:35:27 PM »
How, exactly, do you know when to put in a slatted bar?
So much for that low stress hobby I was looking for!

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2011, 09:45:36 PM »
I would prefer that my bees not be hanging out on the front of the hive, assuming that hanging on the slatted rack offers some opportunity for taking moisture out of the hive.  So I keep them on my hives - I don't put them on at a certain point.  I simply put the hive together that way to begin with and leave them there.

If you want to add one to a hive, I'd say you would want to add it because and therefore when the bees start heavily bearding.

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2011, 11:01:02 PM »
But, not many people out there use slatted racks.   I like to see my bees beard.  It shows I got a good hive there.

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2011, 01:25:20 AM »
Brian uses them and I learned about them from him on this forum early in my beekeeping journey.  It made such a difference in how my hives are ventilated that I've never looked back. 

Between Brian and Michael, I've learned almost every little nuance that makes my hives work better - aren't we all lucky that they take the time they do to respond to so many of our questions and worries?

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2011, 07:05:34 AM »
They also have those screened inner covers now that people say help with ventilation. Especially when combined with a SBB. I have not used them personally though!

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Re: even to hot for the bees
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Yep hit 102 here yesterday. only happens on my hives with migratory tops

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2011, 01:12:43 PM »
Sweet beard.

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2011, 01:49:42 PM »
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They also have those screened inner covers now that people say help with ventilation. Especially when combined with a SBB.

I own two of those for 8 frames and it really helps.  I don't love using them because you have to remember to trade them out in the winter for a regular inner cover - unlike the SBB and slatted rack.

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Re: even to hot for the bees
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2011, 01:43:20 PM »
Good pics!

 

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