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Observation window


#1

Just for fun, I opened the observation window. Should I close it, or can I leave it open during June?


#2

I would be inclined to keep it closed. You will find as I do that you’ll have bees constantly trying to exit there. By keeping it closed, they will only try to use the entrance, with success.


#3

do you mean the window on the flow super? Several problems with leaving that off- apparently the plastic of the flow frames will degrade faster if exposed to sunlight. The next issue is the wood - the window cover may change size relative to the box if they are not in the same conditions- and you may find it hard to put the cover back on if it expands and/or the box shrinks. I accidentally left mine off overnight- and the next day it would not fit back in. I had to put it in the sun for a few days before it shrunk back down enough…


#4

Totally agree with @JeffH. Close it. About 50% of the hive is averse to light (nurse bees, queen etc.), so you are stressing the hive if you let light into it.