When you receive your bees place the hive in complete shade. To release the bees slide of the clear gauze caps of the black elbow/s. The bees will be returning with forage within 2 hours.
As winter approaches move the hive one meter only to receive morning sun. Pop the styrofoam box on top of the hive. The styrofoam will provide extra insulation from the cold and the morning sun will allow the bees to forage a little longer.
Once winter is over it is important to move the hive back to the original position so the hive does not overheat. Remove and store the styrofoam box.
Do not open or split your hive till after 12 months as this will void your warranty.
Do not remove yellow strapping on box.
Your warranty does not cover heat waves- Temperatures over 40 degrees
EXTREME HEAT CONDITIONS
During a heat wave or if the temperature is going to reach 39 degrees or above, you can take these precautions.
- Drape a wet towel over your hive, place one end of the towel in the bucket of water. The water will draw up through the towel.
- Periodically lightly spray the outside of your hive with a hose.
- Lock your hive up the night before and move your hive into an air conditioned room if you have one. To save the colony of bees from the heat the hive, can be moved, during the day. Some foraging bees will be lost but you will save the hive.
Please contact me if you have any questions.