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Taking temperatures of the hives during extreem hot weather
So the question i wanted to know was did the Hand built hives offer any extra protection for the bees on these extreem weather days
It turned out that the difference was around 1 to 3 degrees lower in my Hand Crafted beehives compared to the standard commercial Langstroth Hives.
Is this significant ???? Answer is YES
This difference can be all the difference in the world for the bees and lessend the load requiremnt per bee to work like crazy faning and cooling the hive.
When temperatures stay lower in the hive brood production can continue and each individual bee will live longer.
I am led to believe that Hot extreem temperatures can shorten the life of a bee by several weeks, so anything that lessens there load helps the colony as a whole and allows each bee to live a longer and better life.
With my Hand made hives I could get a temperature reading directly below the roof top but not for the Langstroth hives where the temperature reading is several inches below the roof lid. As you go from the top of the hive to the bottom there were temperature differences of around 10c Degrees with my hand made hives but only around 5 to 6 degrees difference in the langstroth hives.
The first picture is showing the temperature in my car as i arrived at the bee yard of 49.6c degrees in my car.
Thats with no Aircon in the old van and driving with all the windows down.
Temperature in my car as i arrived at the bee yard of 49.6c degress or 121.28F degrees
When i first put the probe under the roof
Took a minute to show a more correct reading of 46.9c degrees directly under the roof lid
Several inches from roof lid temperature in langstroth hive was 42.5c degrees
In this hive the roof is double layered and the temperature of 42.9c degrees is much lower than the blue hive lid which is only single layered.
Temperature settled at 42.8c degrees
Video showing temperature inside the entrance of the Green hive at 37.3c degrees
Video showing temperature inside the entrance of a standard langstroth hive of 38.8c degrees
Another video showing another langstroth hive with temperature inside hive entrance of 38.7c degrees
Bees Collecting watre for the hive
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Had a look in the antique box hive whilst at the yards placing match sticks under all the hive lids.
This colony started out as literally a handfull of bees and a purchased Italian queen from Kangaroo island back in October 2013
They were firsty placed in a standard longstrath 10 frame hive then later in December transfered to the Hardwood timber Antique hive I made at home.
There numbers still seem a little small to me but given the wet cold crapy weather we had all during spring It is not wholely unexpected.
They are slowely increasing there numbers and seem healthy and strong as a colony evn if numvers a lowish and are now filling out 4 or 5 of the frames in there hive.
They seem non plussed by the heat as there hive is well protected from the heat in many ways.
I will do another inspection on the weekend and see how they are doing and what affect the heat has had on this lovely colony of bees.
Italian Ligurian bees
With plenty of room to grow they will soon make up for lost time
Pure breed Italian Ligurian Bees from Kangaroo Island Australia
We have a number of different varieties of bees here in the Apiary but I can’t yet identify all of them.
They were very peaceful when I opened the lid for a look.
Of the 6 queens that we purchased we only had 3 survive.
We made some mistakes and 2 of them died and 1 ran away with all the bees !!!!!!
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Super Hot Day at 44c or 112f Degrees Today
Some of the hottest weather in Melbourne’s history and still one more day to endure!!!!!!!!
I have discovered that there is precious little knowledge about keeping bees in super-hot climates or what happens when temperatures get really hot.
I did discover after reading part of my new beekeepers manual book that brood production shuts down at 38c or 100f degrees and after much research I discovered that at 50c or 122f degrees the adult bees will only survive for a short time of 1 to 2 hours. This makes it vital for the bees to have lots of water nearby and to increase shade for the bees as best you can. Check out the pictures of the extra foil covers and shade hats I added to each of my hives.
I will have to wait until the weekend to do a proper inspection of all the hives and i do expect to find many dead and dying bees with lives shortened by the heatwave. What will be interesting is to see how long it takes for the hives to recover from such a tremendously hot week and what was the benefit or not of the extra shading hats and foil covers i placed on all the hives along with adding matchsticks under the covers to allow a little extra ventilation through all the hives.
Spent the early morning before it heated up cracking the lids and placing match stickes in the cracks of all my hives
This should allow a little extra ventilation in all the hives
All the hives are covered in reflective foil covers and extra wide hats added
Water is provided nice and close to the hives
Its all I can to at this time of extreem heat and stress for the bees
All the grass around the hives and the property is slowly dying and will all be brown within the next week or two
One good thing is I recieved some great books in the mail yesterday
The Beekeepers handbook is probably a must have for all beekeepers but any bee book is better than no bee book :)
I also managed to collect another load of FREE timber this week so thats great but its so hot I cant get into my shed
Sitting in my car waiting for a friend and its 40c plus
Ok yes I was bored so i made a selfi
hahahahahahahaha Going mad in all this heat
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The heat has arrived
41c Degrees or 105f Degrees
We can expect these temperatures for the rest of the week
Went down to film and observe the bees today.
They were all very busy cooling their hives and collecting water
Green Hive at the entrance fanning the hive
The sound is just amazing, put on your headset and have a listen as the bees are working like crazy to keep the hive at a reasonable temperature.
Turn up the volume and Listen to the bees
Blue Hive at the entrance fanning the hive
Monster Hive Business as usual
Standard Hive Fanning at the Entrance