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Just spent a very happy half hour up at the bees.

One thing I did notice is that the WBC hive and the 18mm ply broodbox hive are flying very well while the cedar nationals are still only just waking up.

I assume that ply is a little warmer than cedar ?
 

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I have never used cedar only ply and my girls were having a little stretch of the wing before all this cold and snow bussiness and according to the wife at lunch time today she saw one or two out the front of my bee shed but i have the lid slightly off inside the shed so if its to cold and they want they can exercise inside. the bees are as lazyas i am
 

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hedgerow pete do you have any pictures of this bee shed for us to see?
 

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I am intrigued about this Bee Shed, looking forward to the pics.
 

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Hi hedgerow pete

During the winter months the bees maintain a warm micro climate inside the hive. To do this the colony forms a tight cluster and generates enough heat to keep the outermost bees above 10C which is their lower leathal temperature.

During the summer months this changes dramatically as they have to keep a high temperature for brood rearing.

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