New beekeeper here and have a question about using a mouse guard. We just installed our first bee package.
We have a bent length of 1/4 inch wire cloth that runs the length of the hive opening on the bottom landing board
used as a mouse guard. We have a set up that has one hive body, a centerboard with a pail feeder that is elevated (3/8 inch shim)
over the hole in center of inner cover and then another hive body over that. My question is.... the bees
enter and exit through the wire mouse guard.... but it seems many more bees are entering through the small opening that
is in the centerboard, which leads them above the center board into the hive body with the feeder pail. Does this sound
typical? I'm wondering if they don't like maneuvering through the wire of the mouse guard... or if they are doing some activity
in the upper hive with the pail feeder? I'm going to go into the hive tomorrow to see what's going on in there, replace their
sugar syrup and make sure the queen has left her little box (which is in the lower hive body between the frames...
but any words of wisdom about their using that little opening
in the center board as opposed to the main opening where the wire mouse guard is.