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Offline Lord Viykor

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Bees sealing lid vents
« on: January 27, 2012, 04:04:58 AM »
Hi,

Being a new beek I'm a little concerned, I've notice the bees have filled the vent holes in the migratory lid. Last time they did it I cleaned the vent holes when I was checking the hive.

Now they've closed them up again, should I just leave it sealed up?

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Tony aka LV

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Re: Bees sealing lid vents
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012, 05:31:27 AM »
the holes might be too small...
do you use a matt on top of the frames?

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Re: Bees sealing lid vents
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2012, 07:07:51 AM »
the holes might be too small...
do you use a matt on top of the frames?

Not sure on the size, I'll have to take a photo of them. I don't use any matt on top of the frames.

Offline BlevinsBees

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Re: Bees sealing lid vents
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012, 02:30:10 PM »
They seal up everything. That's the downside of providing vent holes, you have to clean them out!
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Re: Bees sealing lid vents
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2012, 06:30:38 PM »
bees don't think ventilation is as good an idea as we do.   ;)
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Re: Bees sealing lid vents
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2012, 07:01:55 PM »
really? i have never actually had problems with them gumming up my ventilation?


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Re: Bees sealing lid vents
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2012, 07:39:20 PM »
They will generally clean them out themselves when they want to.

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Re: Bees sealing lid vents
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2012, 12:24:57 AM »
Some days the vents on my lids are glued and some days they are open. I don't clean them as the bees seem to be able to take care of it them selves.
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Re: Bees sealing lid vents
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2012, 05:51:39 PM »
I figure if the bees want fresh air they will clean them out themselves... I don't clean any of my vents and the only time mine have ever gummed them up is during winter - in summer they open them...

 

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