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  1. #1
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    Default My new hive top enterence

    I thought I would post some pictures of how I made my hive top enterence. The idea came from M.B. website.

    First I purchased 15" cedar shims from Home Depot for $4.
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    I also purchased a 1/4" 3' piece of wood for $1.
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    I trimmed the shims with a utility knife. Stained and varnished them, and tacked them on top of the super.
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    Did the same with the 1/4" piece of wood, then tacked it on the front of the super.
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    The bees like their new front porch.
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    Thanks Steve
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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    Those look too pretty for bugs ;-)

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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    Beautiful craftsmanship.

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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    Here's why I would do it differently:
    o The box is now a special box. I hate special boxes. When you want to add another box you have to take that into account.
    o I don't like landing boards. They probably don't cause too much problem up high, but down low they just help the mice and do nothing for the bees. I like my hives to have nothing protruding so I can back them all up next to each other or tie them on a trailer without things getting in the way.

    But it is beautiful.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopentrance.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    I started out first with just the shims, but I saw the bees having a problem when the were comming in for a landing. Some of the bees comming in would land on another bee, and they would both fall to the ground. I then decided to try the landing board. I know I will have a problem when I take the hive top feeder off. The part of the hive top that overlaps the top box, will cover the landing board. I will have to move the box with the landing board down one box, for them to be able to use the landing board.
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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    Mine just fly straight in the door...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    Mine might not have it figured out yet, the top enterence is not even a week old.
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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    my top entrances are decayed corners of old boxes. The bees seem to like them just fine.
    Buzz Abbott
    USDA zone 11a, Western Garden zone 24 (75 ft elev. n34.0w118.47)

  9. #9
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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    My last batch of covers are just a piece of plywood and I slide it back 1/2" from the front... The bees in them are doing great.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    Any problems with rain coming in Michael?

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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    How are you going to cover the entrance during the winter? Does this help them feel less crowded?

  12. #12
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    Default Re: My new hive top enterence

    >Any problems with rain coming in Michael?

    My latest batch of covers are just cut the size of a box with no shims and I slide it back 1/2" to make the entrance that faces straight up. No problems with rain. It just runs down the inside of the front of the hive. The more overhang you have the more it catches the wind and the the rain follows the wind in...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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