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Ventilation Part 2: Special considerations

Although there are many ways to add ventilation to a hive—and there is much room for beekeeper creativity—several issues should be kept in mind. These include predators, robbing, rain, and cross drafts. Predators include other species that feed on honey bees, bee larvae, or honey stores. For example, in many areas yellow jackets will take […] Read more

Ventilation Part 1: A hive is not a tree

How much ventilation to provide a hive of bees is another of those controversial issues that spans both winter and summer beekeeping. More often than not it seems that the “old-timers” are against adding ventilation, while the “newbees” are for adding more and more. Whenever I try to assess a biological problem, I like to […] Read more