This topic was asked about a couple of years ago but converted into comments about someone being removed from the forum. So I would like to ask those in the know what issues I might have with any vibration of the fans before going ahead
Here is the reality of my situation and thinking.
I am in Thailand
The temperature is over 36 degrees C much of the year. (40C for several months)
Bees like to maintain 34-36 degrees in the hive
The inside of the hive gets hotter than this. In Thailand they only use single or double stacking to factor this in (or the bees die or do not produce honey)
I know bees can regulate there own temperature - but why on earth would I want half the bees cooling the hive instead of out collecting honey? It makes no sense to not assist them when it is possible (it me I know others disagree)
The hive is raised 1 meter off the ground and under a shade structure. There is nothing to do extra to shade from the sun heat, it is the ambient heat that is high. In fact I need to use the solar panel wired to charge the battery since the hive area is shaded so well.
So I want to put a themostat regulated solar powered fan system in the roof area of the hive. When the temp reaches 35 degrees in the upper box, the small fans kick in the remove the hot air from the hive. The air temp of the outside will be around 30-35C
I am content to modify what the bees do naturally. In Thailand the Thai bee keepers do not, they rely on how they have always done things. I do not mind modern methods and using new knowledge. I have no particular personal philosophy that bee keeping should be natural (after all I am using flowframes)
The Fans are small and run very quietly, I do not see/feel any vibration from them, but assume some small rubber washers on the screws would take care of most of any vibration.
My two concerns are
- how much are bees really sensitive to vibration? I see many hives along motorways that have large trucks passing by all the time. I would think this would be much higher than what I will introduce
- faster airflow? This method will just speed up the natural airflow from bottom to top ventilation, the fans are too small to make any real changes that would cause a draft. So how to bees cope in small breezes within the hives?
Thanks in advance.