My First Learnings with the Warre Hive

July 5th, 2010 | No Comments

1) Before introducing a package or a swarm into one box it is beneficial to have marked the position of the top bars if they are not nailed in place. With all the bees crawling around and mainly upwards it was not easy to put the top bars in the appropriate position. I chose not to nail them in order to make room for the bees to drop on the bottom board.
2) When a swarm or a package is introduced in two boxes I will nail the top bars of the lower (2nd) box in future. The dropping bees totally misplaced all of the topbars of the lower box.
3) The main amount of moisture of the hive does not originate from the sugar syrup. Condensation water was formed above the quilt and was dropping back on the quilt whether the hive was fed or not. I saw straw get moldy in the quilt after 14 days only. However, no mold was found in a quilt filled with (fir)wood shavings although the top half inch was wet.
4) The most effective measure to minimize condensation water is to insulate the board that sits on the quilt. This board is part of the roof so the insulation goes between this board and the rooof boards. Since I put the insulation (I used a glass fiber patch with paper towards the quilt) the shavings are considarable less moist if moist at all.
5) My standard hive stand are two H-cement blocks (8x8x16″). Willie had the glorious idea to set the blocks so far appart that the hive sits on the inside edges of the blocks only. That leaves a big space underneath the hive to introduce a bigger mirror for observation.

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