I would appreciate some guidance regarding the condition of my Warre quilt.
Early March, when I checked my Warre hive, I found that the straw lining in the quilt was ‘wet’. Not sure why this happened as I had expected moisture to evaporate. I replaced the straw with sawdust / wood shavings and also replaced the hessian on the top box.
Yesterday, I discovered that the quilt was again ‘wet’ plus one side of the box (shady side). The lining was, however, quite warm to touch. Is there something wrong or am I worrying needlessly?
The bees themselves appear to be in good condition with increased numbers, comb building and a few drones appearing … This is my first hive and was established last year from a 6-frame nuc.