I've noticed that now that warmer weather has incited a new level of activity among my bees, and I've kept the entrance reducer down to the lowest setting to promote a more uniform, steady flow of bees in and out and better control of ventilation. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I'm not sure yet as to which), they have noticed that I've been suppressing their traffic flow and are starting to rebel by slowly removing the reducer from its spot at the front of the hive and breaking the propolis seal, most likely to push the entire reducer out, which I don't really want. I suppose at this point I have a few options:
- I could allow them to keep pushing it out and repeatedly replace it every time it gets too far out to let bees to crawl out.
- I could move it to the next higher setting and allow them a much larger opening, but discourage the slow movement of the reducer itself.
- I could somehow seal the crack they're trying to create and reluctantly permamently solve the problem by forcing the reducer to stay put (any safe, simple, not-too-committing ideas?)