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  1. #1
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    Default Migratory Bottoms question

    Hi all,

    We have made a lot of migratory bottoms over the years. We've never made them/shipped them with entrance reducers. Do any of you that use migratory bottoms out there use an entrance reducer?

    Thanks in advance,

    Rick
    Western Bee

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    Default Re: Migratory Bottoms question

    I haven't used entrance reducers in years.

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    Default Re: Migratory Bottoms question

    I am going to use the entrance reducers you shipped me. I was happy to get them.

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    Default Re: Migratory Bottoms question

    I made my own M pallets this year. I just put a 1x2 of various lengths in front in the spring til the hive gets up to speed. Other than winter I do not reduce
    Peter W., Belgrade, MT, Elv. 4420 Zone 4a
    Sheepshank Honey, 4 yrs & 35 hives

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    Default Re: Migratory Bottoms question

    Quote Originally Posted by wbee View Post
    Hi all,

    We have made a lot of migratory bottoms over the years. We've never made them/shipped them with entrance reducers. Do any of you that use migratory bottoms out there use an entrance reducer?

    Thanks in advance,

    Rick
    Western Bee
    I make my own, use them all the time.

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    Default Re: Migratory Bottoms question

    It would depend on the depth of your rails/entrance. I use a 3/8" high entrance and never use reducers. If I used 3/4" high entrances I might need reducers. Mann Lake supplies a two sided board with a reducer that will fit the deeper side.

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    Default Re: Migratory Bottoms question

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    It would depend on the depth of your rails/entrance. I use a 3/8" high entrance and never use reducers. If I used 3/4" high entrances I might need reducers. Mann Lake supplies a two sided board with a reducer that will fit the deeper side.
    We've been making bottom boards longer then m.l. has been around - we do and always have made the reversible bottom as you mention above, but I'm talking specifically about the migratory bottom - and perhaps should have clarified that it is only a 3/8" entrance and is not reversible. We make a ton of these as well.

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    Default Re: Migratory Bottoms question

    Yes , on the bottom boards, and clip pallets too. Helps keep the winter winds out, and cuts down a bit on fighting when feeding. May keep a fat mouse out too, but the skinny ones have no problem getting in.

    My wife, however thinks they are a waste of time.

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    Default Re: Migratory Bottoms question

    Quote Originally Posted by loggermike View Post

    My wife, however thinks they are a waste of time.
    Yours or hers?

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    Default Re: Migratory Bottoms question

    Hers ,I think. Reducers are just another tool to have around handy when needed.Or just another piece of bee equipment to get in the way when not needed. Too many moving parts in this business!
    --Mike(who just came in from unloading hives in an alfalfa field and only dumped one hive)

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