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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    A question for those using plexiglass instead of glass ….. what do you find (or estimate) the life of your plexiglass to be? I would think when you need to cut and scrape any attached comb you would scratch the soft plexiglass. Over time, the scratches and scrapes add up reducing the viewing quality don't they? Let me know what your experiences are or have been with the plexi versus glass to help me decide which way to go.
    "Everything turns to dust -and there is nothing you can do to stop it".

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    >Hows this?

    Perfect.

    >Feel free to use it.

    Thanks.

    >I can also email you the original file.

    That would be good.

    >A question for those using plexiglass instead of glass ….. what do you find (or estimate) the life of your plexiglass to be?

    It's probably worth using glass if you plan to scrape it off. If you have plexiglass I would clean it with mineral oil (the laxitive type which has no smell) so you don't scratch it.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    Files Sent. Thanks!

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    What is the distance from the inside of the end piece to the first bar? I assume the first bar will be brood. Will it be any different than the following brood combs?

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Bawbby View Post
    What is the distance from the inside of the end piece to the first bar? I assume the first bar will be brood. Will it be any different than the following brood combs?
    I found over half of my six hives from last year went 1-2 bars back from the end entrance before they would build comb. And would only fill up the front when I shuffled comb around. So distance may be relative. Small enough to defend.

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    >What is the distance from the inside of the end piece to the first bar?

    Whatever is left over for space, but if it's less than 1/2" I would remove a bar and make it 2". Bars swell in the humidity and shrink when it dries up. You don't want the bars to swell and close the entrance. So I would say somwhere between 1/2" and 2". You can make a special bar for the end that fills all the space and then cut a notch in it for the entrance if you want a reducer. I've never done it, but it could be helpful...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  7. #27
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    Sorry if this thread is too old....
    How do you keep mice out of this top entrance?

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    I would think they would have a hard time climbing up a flat verticle surface to the top but I might be wrong.

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    >How do you keep mice out of this top entrance?

    I've never had mice get in a live colony with this system, but they will move in if the colony dies. I think climbing up and over seems to discourage the mice when there are bees to worry about. But you could put a mouse guard of 1/4" hardware cloth on easily enough if you want to cut it and bend an "L" to fit in the gap, if you like.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  10. #30
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    Michael, do you leave the same opening year round, or do you use some type of entrance reducer in the winter to help keep the hive warm?

  11. #31
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    I leave the same opening. Maybe I should make an end bar that is a reducer... but I never have.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  12. #32
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    Default Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    Don't the bees have a hard time cleaning out the hive of dead bees with this high opening?

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