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  1. #1
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    Default extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    i have the bee thinking htbh

    currently i have just the one entrance...but it's expanded all the way past the middle entrance and to the 3rd one on the end

    should i open one of those? if so which one? middle or the one on the end?

    gracias.
    Zone4A
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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    What is a utbh,,,I figured it was some sort of top bar hive.

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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    http://www.beethinking.com/top-bar-hive

    One of those very deluxe top bar hives.

    troy

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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    so, should i provide an extra entrance?
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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    "5th Experiment: Increase in openings decreased ventilation.
    We tried increasing the number of openings in the side of the box, but were not successful. One of the two candles went out at the end of 8 minutes. The other kept alight as long as the ventilator was in motion. I had therefore not obtained a stronger current by multiplying the openings."--Francis Huber, New Observations Upon Bees, 2012 edition, Volume II, Chapter VIII, pg 539
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    okay.

    thanks mr. bush!
    Zone4A
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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    I have the Bee Thinking TBH as well. My stronger colony hasn't gotten to the halfway point of the hive yet (they started at the right end if you're looking at it from the front. When they started to do a lot of bearding I opened the middle entrance. (All three of the top vents are open.) The only appreciable difference this made was to have a second area of bearding, albeit a much smaller one. They're mostly filling the opening and a bit above it, creating almost a teardrop shape.

    My other colony, which is struggling, does very little bearding but then again they have a much smaller population.

    Regards,
    Tom

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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    it's been sweltering here....low to high 90's and even a couple days in the 100's

    but it's cooling now. so, they are bearding on the outside for sure....

    i'll leave it to one entrance. though they did fill up the top vented hole with propolis....i figure that's fine and leave them bee...they know what's best for their home so i don't mess with it.
    Zone4A
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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    I usually only open 2 of the 3 entrances at most. While I appreciate Huber, I do see many bees fanning on both the first and the second entrances when I open the second one up. They don't often use it as an entrance for foragers, but mostly a place to hang out and fan. Be careful, though, with any hive, that you don't open too large of an entrance(s) for your colony to properly guard, especially as we enter the dearth in many parts of the country.

    Best,
    Matt

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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    thank you matt!

    also, is your beethinking forums back up? or are you thinking of dropping that part of beethinking?

    all the best

    rod
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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    Rod,

    The Bee Thinking forum is back up. Sorry about that -- server issues.

    Best,

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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    sweet

    thank you much!
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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    If the entrances are right next to each other it is functionally one entrance as far as ventilation, just a bigger one, which is probably appropriate if there is enough traffic to warrant it and they are strong enough to guard it. I would not put them at the other end from the first ones...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    sounds good to me.

    thanks guys. glad i asked
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    Default Re: extra entrance or not for HTBH?

    Quote Originally Posted by thebalvenie View Post
    it's been sweltering here....low to high 90's and even a couple days in the 100's

    but it's cooling now. so, they are bearding on the outside for sure....

    i'll leave it to one entrance. though they did fill up the top vented hole with propolis....i figure that's fine and leave them bee...they know what's best for their home so i don't mess with it.
    Mine closed up the top vent hole last winter also, I opened it back up late spring, new screening also, they left it open. I'm sure they will close it when they need to. Point I'd you might want to open it back up for them, they have a hard time removing propolis.

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