Re: closing up side entrances on TBH for winter
I also have a TBH from Beethinking and have done pretty much the same as you. I put a plug in the middle entrance hole after having it open this summer and I've put the hole reducer in the end entrance hole since the nights are getting cooler. This seems to suit the bees.
During the summer I took out the divider board and let the bees have the whole hive because there were so many of them. This weekend I decided to put the divider board back in since they've only filled about half the hive with comb and it doesn't look like they'll be building much more this year. This made them madder than they've ever been at me this year. They chased me back up to the house and I had to get my full suit on just to go back and get it done.
I was wondering if I should fill the empty end of the hive with some kind of insulating material (maybe crumpled up newspapers) or just leave it empty. Any thoughts on what to do with that end?
I could write a book about what I don't know.