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Moisture quilts should be dry

Every now and again someone wants to know what happens when my moisture quilts become saturated. One beekeeper wrote, “I can’t believe you keep a soggy pillow over top your bees.” The short answer is simple. I don’t. Here’s the issue: if your moisture quilts are soggy, they are not made correctly. Moisture quilts are […] Read more

Should my hive tilt forward?

Maybe I’m becoming too cynical, but here’s another beekeeping discussion that makes me crazy. It usually begins when someone asks this reasonable question: “If I’m using a screened bottom board, do I still need to tilt the hive forward?” The answer is “no.” Tilting a hive forward is important for anyone using a solid bottom […] Read more