I'll start by saying I enjoy woodworking, I like making things for my bees. I follow that up with, I sometimes get tired of making so many things for my bees. Making 8 deeps isn't hard and doesn't take long but following that with 4 bottom boards, 4 inner covers.... you get the idea.
Long story short, I like the idea of top entrances for several reasons (pests, convenience, no more inner covers, etc) but I have two questions I know someone with top entrance experience can answer.
1) With a Michael Bush style top entrance (no front overhang) do you find driving rains to ever be an issue? My bees are well protected from high winds but in NE we have hurricanes and strong winds (especially on the coast). Of course I'm sure I could just add a small overhang (1-2") but am I just wasting material?
2) Currently when I'm forced to feed syrup I use inverted jars w/an empty box over them. I don't seem the same system working for top entrances but I find it to be easy and I have all the gear... Is it feasible to still feed in this same manner w/top entrances and I'm just not seeing the simple solution?