One of my friends' hives has a chewing-prone colony. Just another genetic thing?
anyway, theyve been sealing the wood with that flooring plaster-like sealant- anyone know what I"m talking about? Comes in a box and mixes with water and seems like a really hard-setting version of plaster? anyway, it doestn' seem to stress the bees. Caulks are sometimes smelly, which might be bad.
I've used various glues to deal with holes from chewing and the bees seem to remove those while they're still wet.
the only problem I'd see with a second entrance is if it's toward the back and they post guard bees at it, which would theoretically make them a little more defensive when you start going through the back of the hive. In my experience that's only a problem with extremely defensive bees.
[size="1"][ April 22, 2006, 05:42 PM: Message edited by: girl Mark ][/size]
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