Hive Ventillation

Hive ventillation is very important issue with differing opinions.

A lot of American beekeepers believe theat ventillation should be controlled with entrances at the top of hives, non-insulated roofs and even custom built chimneys.

In the UK we insulate our hive roofs and have the entrance at the bottom. This is certainly more like what the bees would do in the wild as a wild hive entrance is normally 100mm squared and positioned well below the half way point of the hive.

Now mesh floors are becoming more and more popular offering extra ventillation, with the added benefits of allowing mites to fall out the hive. The mesh floors will allow for a better circulation of air allowing more warm, moist air to escape.

Bees are capable of fanning their wings to cause a draught, or movement of air, for regulating the hive temperature or evaporating moisture from nectar but there must be a supply of fresh air so the bees can utilise the currents and control temperature more effectively.

Our advice is to use a hive with an insulated roof, entrance at the bottom and mesh floor.

The mesh floor is being advised by more and more beekeepers as they discover that their hives that have not suffered colony collapse are the ones with mesh floors.

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