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    Default Working OB hive

    Getting ready to make a working OB hive for the office, any problem with having the entrance at the top opposed to the bottom? I need to run the entrance hose above my door so can't have the entrance at the bottom.

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    Default Re: Working OB hive

    I don't know why there would be a problem. Sounds like a good idea, hope everything works out. Post some pics when it's finished!

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    Anyone have an idea for max length of hose for entrance. I will need to go about 3 1/2 feet to extend it past the entry door of the office.

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    Default Re: Working OB hive

    The hose length should be OK. It's the only opening they have to come and go so they'll use it just fine. Make it a clear hose, so you can see them come and go and see if there is any clogs or problems over time.

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    Clear is a good idea i will try that. Thanks

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    Default Re: Working OB hive

    rtoney
    Let me know when it is finished. I would like to see it.
    Jim

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    Default Re: Working OB hive

    Here's what's in my office. Keep easy to work in mind when you're making it. http://s196.photobucket.com/user/Dre...01613528626094 Mine is going into my 3rd or 4th year. I absolutely love it though you need to stay on top of it (i.e. be prepaired to work it) as it's size makes it more prone to swarming.
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    Default Re: Working OB hive

    I had seen your OB some time ago, mine may not be that fancy but it is based on your design.

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    Default Re: Working OB hive

    If the entrance is at the top will the house bees have problems removing dead bees? I researched OB hives some time ago and one I saw had this problem. Well the entrance was at the bottom but a pvc pipe went up, they just put a box container at the bottom and empty the dead bees from time to time.

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    >If the entrance is at the top will the house bees have problems removing dead bees?

    In my experience an underpopulated hive will have problems no matter where the entrance is. A well populated hive will no problems no matter where the entrance is. Over winter they always accumulate.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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