Hi all. It’s the start of a relatively mild winter here in Western Australia. My assessment was that the bees needed the Flow super to stay over winter because their honey reserves in the brood box were meagre.
After the recent rains we had here I noticed some water pooling on the Corflute slider. I can see a design issue, where the entire hive is tilted backwards to help honey extraction, but the bottom slider is not and water can get trapped inside. Is this a common issue with Flow hive classic bottom boards or something I’m doing wrong?
I do not know whether my hive is leaking (Flow Hive Classic), or it’s water caught on the lip of the slider that sticks out, and just runs inside and pools there. I’m very reluctant to open the hive until late August. I’m also noticing some condensation on the back plates of the flow frames on rainy days. Is this normal? I suspect it is a problem.
Moist air is lighter than dry air so it rises to the top. I made some vents in the roof to let humid air escape, and I only have some mesh over the inner cover hole.
My roof was originally very leaky but I fixed it well now and fingers crossed, the leaks are not coming in from the roof. I am now wondering whether water can leak through the observation windows or the back covers?