17761Re: [Beekeeping] Re: Upper entrances
- Jul 15 7:41 PMFor ventilation I use follower boards
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Yes, an upper hole can greatly increase ventilation. But please consider the long term implications of compromising that aspect of the integrity of the hive.
---- "mdudley@... [Beekeeping]" <Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
> I drilled 1 inch holes in an upper super. They guard it, and occasionally use it, but surprisingly not a lot. It is probably more important from a ventilation standpoint.
> A couple of my hives were bearding heavily during the heat of the day, one so badly the group hanging off the entrance was larger than the original swarm that came in a couple of months ago. I had standard telescopic tops with aluminum metal covering them. I felt the tops the other day and they were hot hot hot! Probably in the 150F or so range when it was 90 outside. So I did some research and repainted with Henry's solarflex white paint I picked up at Home Depot. Man did it make a difference. The tops are now not hot at all in full sun, and I noticed today there was no bearding at all during the day on one of the hives, and much less on the other.
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