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  1. #1
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    Default the upper entrance

    I may be wrong, but isn't the upper entrance a more natural occurence in nature? I thought that I read somewhere that on a study of wild hives in trees the entrance is most always above the nest. So if bees inhabit a tree with a hole in it, and they can either build the nest above or below the hole, they seem to choose below the entrance hole. That would enable good ventilation in winter even without an additional entrance. I'm thinking that when the Lang hive was developed they used a bottom entrance to make it easier for manipulations so you wouldn't have a cloud of incoming confused bees looking for their entrance at the top, which was probably more common in man made hives before that time. I'm sure someone will set me straight if I am incorrect about anything here. John

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  3. #3
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    Default Re: the upper entrance

    In my experience the entrances in wild colonies are all over the place... they take what they can get.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: the upper entrance

    they take what they can get.
    Agree completely....My son and I took a small hive out of this water system control box....

    control box.jpgcontrol box1.jpg

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