- May 27, 2023
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- San Antonio Texas
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To start this is my first hive and have only had it since spring plus, I don't know anyone that has a top bar. Add to that the information I have found seems that the top bars can very greatly in almost every aspect. In my effort to figure out what I was doing I had found something online that had the set up as using the middle hole and blocking off the box with a spacer immediately behind it so only half the box was open. The bees filled this up this amount of the box very quickly. I then opened the box to them with all of the rails covered in wax. I have done a couple of quick checks over the last few months and they seem to be multiplying hanging out on the floor and walls but not building comb past the opening in the middle. We are in a recorded breaking heat wave of triple digits here in South Texas so I have been observing from outside and waiting to open up for a complete inspection once temps are more reasonable. They are still bringing in pollen and seem to be running things as usual. Though hot.
Should I open two holes toward the end without comb then close off the middle one so there is more closed space before the opening?
Second question, the box faces the East and gets sun until noon but then shade the rest of the day. Of course they will come out and beard as well as often closing the entrance while buzzing like crazy to cool things down. There are three small screened vent holes along the front facing that can barely be seen in the pic. Should I screen the sun off the roof in someway while it's over 100?
I know I'm across the pond with different problems but I'm yet to find a forum with the quality of information and friendliness that I find here.
Any advice would be appreciated.