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Author Topic: 0c 32f outside 18c inside at floor should i be worried?  (Read 6776 times)
Field Bee
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Location: glow in the dark Hampshire UK

« Reply #60 on: December 27, 2011, 01:12:19 PM »

18C at the floor 28C at the roof 8C outside
we've just had a warm spell and some spring flowers have come..

If they increased energy bill for your home by a factor of 4.5 would you consider that cruel? If so why are you doing that to your bees?
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« Reply #61 on: December 28, 2011, 04:14:10 AM »

I don’t know what to make of your super heated bees or spring flowers at 53 degrees North in December!  We will not have any spring flowers in the frozen tundra here at 43 degrees North until at least the end of February.  Even then it will just be a few snow crocuses.  Nothing the bees can use until late March.

I checked on my bees yesterday.  The top entrance hives had bees out on their front porches watching the snow.  A couple of bees were flying, but most had enough sense just to watch the snow from inside.  The top entrance hives should be cooler inside than my bottom entrance hives, but the top entrance hives are the only ones that had activity at the entrances.

In my long cold gray winter climate, I would speculate that a design where the bees get out on our few mild days may be better than one where they never get out.  So far, the top entrance foam hives are proving more useful in that regards than the bottom entrance foam hives.

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