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  1. #1
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    Question Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    Hi,

    Just looking for peoples opinions here about the Bee hive entrance, you know the one on the landing board.

    We normally make them 10mm high which is 0.40 inches, this is around about the Bee Space measurements and the Bees don't seem to mind.

    But I see in some plans that the size is listed at inches which is 19mm in New Zealand talk.

    What do you use for the measurements and do you know what the larger size provides the Bees?

    We use screen bottom boards so ventilation shouldn’t be an issue.

    We would be keen to get other peoples thoughts.

    Thanks

    Gary
    http://kiwimana.co.nz


  2. #2
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    Default Re: Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    3/8" to 1/2" works fine for me.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    5/16 works for me and keeps most mice out
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    Default Re: Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    I use 3/8" on my nucs in order to keep the entrances reduced, as it's easier for the bees to protect the hive.

    On my production hives I will use up to 3/4". This allows for fairly unobstructed flights in and out of the hive during heavy flows when the bees are most active.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    I use 5/16"-3/8" on everything. My conversion program says that's 7.94mm-9.53mm in New Zealand Yep, 5/16" keeps MOST of the mice out, but every once in a while...

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    Don't forget to leave enough room for entrance feeders to fit, if you ever use those.

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    We use 3/8 and 1/2 inch. My 1/2 inch openings I use a reducer most of the time anyway.

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    We went to 3/8 entrance for all hives, eliminated our mice problems and have not seen a snake in hives since doing that--I think the snakes went for the mice smell.
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    Default Re: Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    I use 5/16 year round on all my hive configurations. For a year we have also been reducing the entrance to an inch or two. It has reduced intruders and robbing. I think it has also reduced the number of guard bees, releasing them to forage. The yields have been higher since reducing the opening.
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  10. #10
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    Default Re: Bee Hive Entrance Height?

    I can't imagine any snake being interested in honey any more than I could imagine them being interested in peanut butter or potato skins, but, having then occasion black snake in our country house, I know that they are after only one things-- mouse. Mice will eat almost anything dead or alive, but the snakes are actually very picky about what they eat. If you have less of a snake problem in your hive it's because you have less of a mouse problem too. Let's not forget that the bees that keep the hive warm also invite snakes who appreciate warm places. What could be better than a warm house where one might enjoy a field mouse? Mice are looking for a warm place too live and eat, but usually not in summer.

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