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Author Topic: Wet Hive Entrance Tip  (Read 307 times)
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« on: July 07, 2013, 07:36:44 AM »

I was sitting out there yesterday watching my bees. It's been raining off and on the last few days. I kept noticing when my departing bees would do the backflip they would get stuck to the landing because it was wet. Some really struggled. After a few minutes I decided to help them out. I stuck pine needles on the landing so when they landed on their backs their wings wouldn't stick to the board. I covered it just enough so none of them would get a solid contact with the wood.

This is probably old news to some of yall but maybe it'll help others.

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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2013, 12:41:28 PM »

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Yes, that is common. And the lid will lead the water to the hive. I have seen.
I use separate landing board that it cuts the drill.
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2013, 11:39:39 PM »

Right or wrong, I shimmed my hive ever so slightly, so that the standing water runs away.
Seems to work.
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2013, 11:58:11 PM »

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When I make next floors, I make the board slanting. It brings water out in winter and it moves rubbish towards entrance.
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2013, 04:56:12 AM »

Good tip GSF!

I have gone to landing boards that are rough saw and sloped at 12.5 degrees. 
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