Re: skunks and racoons
On the chance that this thread morphs into a top entrance debate, it is important to remember that perhaps the only real downside to them (and this is my own personal observations over many years) is that the most aggressive guard bees will be concentrated around the entrance. Also the bearding activity to keep cool commonly seen with populous hives in the heat of the summer will be concentrated around the entrance, wherever that might be. Personally I still prefer a bottom entrance and leaving yourself the option of leaving the lids cracked slightly to allow for better ventilation (and the resulting second entrance) in the heat of the summer.
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