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Are small gaps in a precut hive assembly okay?

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After assembly of my hive, I noticed small gaps between the layers of the boxes.  Is this normal since bees seal the inside?

I didn't see a space to add a photo to help clarify.
asked Dec 24, 2015 in Beginner by BeeSquared egg (140 points)

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I'd say it depends how small is small. You certainly don't want gaps that bees can get out through (other than the hive entrance), but there are plenty of hives where the corners don't butt together seamlessly. Less than a millimetre or two and the bees will fill any problem areas with propolis. More than that would be an indicator of a poor quality hive in my opinion.

Generally they'll seal any gaps between boxes and / or crown boards or excluders, but the smoother the fit there, the better as a load of propolis will make the hive harder to inspect, and give the bees more work. They may also get frustrated with a draughty hive and could leave if they find it unsuitable.
answered Mar 14, 2017 by FiveHives egg (220 points)

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