I really like the ease of use of bee escapes to get all the bees out of full super. But I've also been convinced (mostly by Michael Bush's posts) that a top entrance would be beneficial.
But, how can the two work together? In researching this, Michael likes to wait for a cold day & the bees won't be in the supers. Issue here is that we only get about 5 "cold" days/year in central Texas.
Only thing I can think of is to add a empty super below the ones I want to collect, and add a 'side entrance' above it & just below the bee escape? I could even modify the bee escape to have the side entrance as part of it.
Has anyone experimented with this?