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County:  Rockingham

Town:  Portsmouth

Source:  2023 Split

Queen:     6/30/23 Northern Queen from Better Bee

Hive Name:  Hillman-7

Hive details:

    - 10 Frame Langstroth

    - Stack:  Slatted Rack, Deep, Medium, 1 1/2" shim, 1x6" quiltbox 

    - Colony faces South

    - Winterization:

         Outer Cover:  Bee Smart

         Bottom Board: closed with mite board

         Top Insulation: 2" foam board in/above quilt box (no inner cover)

         Moisture System: 1x6" home made quilt box above shim

               - 1/4" hardware cloth bottom,

               - TSC pine shavings,

               - 1" vents (4 on each long side) (vents were plugged on 12/22)

               - ~3 1/2" of shavings in the box

         Wrap:  2" Polystyrene 

         Upper Entrance : 3/4" x 3/8"  (in the shim)

         Lower Entrance : 3/4”x 3/8” (standard small entrance reducer) with two brad nails driven down center



- small but doing ok

- 11/3/23 : quilt boxes installed

- 11/11/23:   winterized colony - lower entrance  = 8 x 3/8" holes mouse guard

- 12/8/23 : reduced lower entrance  3/4" x 3/8"

- 12/16-17/23:  added weight to top of colony

                    wrapped colony in reflectix which created a skirt around the base

-12/17/23 : added 2 lb sugar brick

- 12/22/23: plugged quilt box holes with foam and zipp tape

- 12/26/23 : checked moisture box - dry

- 1/26/24:  tried to replace quilt box with insulation - but too many bees clinging on the bottom of the quiltbox.  put in sugar brick.shavings were dry







Taken on 54F day with cozy removed

quilt box 


Live Stream

   There are 2 Temp/Humidity   sensors in the colony:

            above lower broodbox               

            above upper broodbox 

  "Outside" (pink line) is not from a sensor. It data pulled by broodminder from a weather data site

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