Am I disturbing the hive?

While I am not looking to open my hive at all, I am keeping a regular eye on things through the observation window(s).  Whilst it obviously lets light in, is too frequent opening and closing of the obs window considered a disturbance to the hive?

If so, how much or little observation through the window would be ok?

Graham

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3 Responses to Am I disturbing the hive?

  1. Lynne says:

    Not sure what how often or how long for you mean when you say you keep a ‘regular’ eye on them through the obs window.

    When we first got our windowed TBHs, we would observe them once in the morning and once in the evening for about 1-2 mins at a time. This level of obs did not seem to upset them – those colonies thrived. I would suggest that if that is the kind of level you are doing, it should be OK as long as they are not otherwise stressed by something else; although of course individual colonies can differ greatly. But if the guards seem to pay a lot of attention to you, then I’d back off and leave them to themselves.

  2. I am really doing about the same. Looking for a few minutes in the morning and the same again later in the afternoon. Hopefully that is fine

  3. Lynne says:

    I should add, we don’t observe them through the window much these days – only occasionally to check if they need more bars/room adding. Now we mainly observe them at the hive entrance, and find it is much more revealing about how they are doing overall.

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