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von Dee Lusby:

Bee hive humidity basics!

Fri Dec 4, 2015 9:01 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Humidity in the bee brood chamber should be approximately about 60%
relative humidity at broodnest temperature of 93Fdegrees to 95Fdegrees.

However in the honey storeage area(s) where honey is stored that includes
the outside frames of honey to the sides of the broodnest area, the humidity
should be only approximately about 10% to 15% to help speed up the
evaporation of water from fresh foraged nectar that the worker forager honeybees
have to work and ripen into honey prior to capping……………….and
this lower humidity fwiw also helps with cooling of the beehives kept in, and
from where in observing, the wind currents done with help of propolis for
making distinct air flow currents/channels………………..swamp coolers
were copied from and came into being early on. …..and so strong hives
used to be said to be needed with enough workers, aka critical mass to do the
work required with bees constantly fanning, while other workers foraged
the flows for the nectar, with others yet doing nurse bee duties raising
continuous brood, and not even talking year, guard duties, and housecleaning
duties, and drawing out wax for needing for doing, etc…………for
colony/hive life is a whole picture doing with all pieces of the puzzle having to
be in place for then keeping clean, healthy sustainable hives sized right
in Nature for life to then go forward which honeybees have done for millions
of years….

And if the conditions for evaporating honey and keeping the broodnest
properly humidified are not done due to unfavorable conditions of too much rain,
or too big crops to stay on top of and honey cannot be evaporated fast
enough and same for broodnest doings, then brooding can shut down, honey can
ferment and bees can get upset and aggetated like angry, and also just swarm
to get away, which to some beekeepers not staying on top of things can get
costly……believe me!!!!………….

for with hives crowded full of raw nectar to be ripened and no more storage
space and then pushing the brood down and taking over the brooding area
with honey storage, with then humidity too great going back and forth
between the two, then bees also can go on strike and quit working and hang out
sorta on landing board until deciding how to cope like humans have to with
serious things happening in their lives……for fix it and or hold on and
keep going, or fold and go!!……….

So how to fix?? not that we haven’t been over this before
here………….not that I would get this going to stir the pot for more

So comments anyone?

Dee A. Lusby

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