Understanding what conditions are optimal for honeybees seems to be a lifelong quest for me and during our winter season, there is time to do a bit more research.
Plus for a Christmas gift my daughter gave me the most exquisite gift…a remote monitoring via Wifi weather station that includes an app that can be downloaded onto the my cell phone. So each morning when I have coffee, I log on to the data to see what the humidity and temperature readings are inside my beehouse where I have 20 hives wintering.
I’m trying to establish some optimal temperature and humidity levels inside the wintering beehouse…especially with reference to brood rearing initiation. But I’m looking for information that represents hives not necessarily being kept indoors.
Have any of you beekeepers in various parts of the world charted humidity levels inside your hives during winter or summer conditions that you would care to share? Or have you come across some scientific research that you could post the link to?