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  1. #1
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    Default Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    Real simple and real easy and should help with ventilation in the hot summers since I dropped SBB and went to solid bottomed pallets I made.


    Coyote Creek Bees

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    Default Re: Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    Looks nice.

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    Default Re: Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    A great Idea for my horizontal hive. Thanks for posting pictures and making me think why didn't I think of that. Such a simple fix for a top entrance.

    Beekeeping for only 8 months but learning. 2 hives.

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    Default Re: Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    Quote Originally Posted by TPalmer View Post
    A great Idea for my horizontal hive. Thanks for posting pictures and making me think why didn't I think of that. Such a simple fix for a top entrance.

    Beekeeping for only 8 months but learning. 2 hives.
    Same here, the only thing I don't see are rails to keep it centered. Otherwise I will implement this design too, no need to prop up.
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    Default Re: Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    > I don't see are rails to keep it centered.

    Note from the photos that the top is the same dimensions as the box below it. That way its very clear when the lid is centered. If you add rails along the sides you may have difficulty releasing the lid if the bees propolize it to the box underneath.


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    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    I use plywood for my migratory covers also. One thing we found out the hard way was that you need to paint the edges. If you don't, the plywood delaminates quickly. I like the design.

    Wisnewbee

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    Default Re: Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    > I don't see are rails to keep it centered.

    Note from the photos that the top is the same dimensions as the box below it. That way its very clear when the lid is centered. If you add rails along the sides you may have difficulty releasing the lid if the bees propolize it to the box underneath.


    I'm thinking when it's windy and in use on a 4’ horizontal Lang but I will be using your entry design on the ends. Nice job. Tightbond III on exposed ends with oil-based Kilz makes for a nice water resistant seal.
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    Default Re: Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    Should be heavy enough you won't need bricks to hold them down.

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    Default Re: Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    Thanks everyone! This is my first season with this type of lid and we will see how it goes! I do paint the heck out of them as well, a couple coats on the surfaces and three on the exposed edges, if they last 3 seasons I will be happy!!

    As for the cleats, I am not going to use them because the wood is heavy enough, and I also put bricks on for reassurance! But if you wanted to put front cleats on I imagine you could, just cut the cleats long enough to be stapled on from the side to the entrance on both sides.

    I do think I will go to 3/8" plywood for the tops though, the stuff I used was over kill!!LOL
    Coyote Creek Bees

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    Default Re: Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    I think someone's going commercial.
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    Default Re: Made some Migratory Tops with a built in top entrance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    I think someone's going commercial.
    Naw, just sideliner status until I retire! Mostly want to get into breeding queens, selling nucs and pollination. Honey will go to friends and family, and mead makers!
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