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Considering Wind, Sun Exposure, and Dampness in Beehive Placement

William Deyesso

William Deyesso is a respected presence in the Hanover, Massachusetts, business community who leads Royal Administration Services, Inc. With a passion for home improvement, William Deyesso also engages in several agricultural activities that include organic chicken farming and beekeeping.

One basic question of many people setting up a beehive in their backyard centers on hive placement. One factor is heat, with regions with average temperatures under 70 degrees benefitting from direct placement in the sun. Ensure that any hive receives sun exposure in the early morning, which jumpstarts bees activities for the day. Propping the hive cover open is a must on extremely hot days to make sure the colony doesn’t overheat.
Additionally, be aware of wind exposure when placing the hive, as strong wings can drive rain into hives, as well as knock over roofs and topple the beehive itself. If there is no well-protected location, consider using bricks or even straps to keep the beehive cover secure.
Another issue is dampness, which can impact hives placed on or slightly above the ground. An easy way to identify spots where this is a potential issue is to pay attention to the lushest and greenest areas of a property. If dampness becomes an issue, the honey won't properly cure and mold may spread, increasing vulnerability to disease.

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