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  1. #1
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    Default How many entrances for my hive - possible lazy solution

    I'll be starting a hive shortly and have a lazy idea for setting up the entrances, at least at first.

    A while ago, I saw a video where someone took a fallen hollow tree and put plexiglass on one side and drilled multiple entrance holes in the tree. The filmmaker then filled most of the holes with mud, the idea being that the bees would open those holes as needed. Then got a swarm to move in, and filmed the whole bit (time-lapsed).

    Would this work for a KTB hive? Yes it won't be that pretty, but if I start some bees off with 1 entrance, and (for arguments sake) 5 others filled with mud wouldn't the bees be able to adjust these openings without my intervention? (Hey we need another entrance, get rid of that dirt, or, hey it's breezy, close that new one up with propolis). I also think it would be interesting to do this and see which ones they choose to open. You could test if they prefer openings on the end, or sides, or top.

    Just curious if anyone's seen of/done something like this.

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    Default Re: How many entrances for my hive - possible lazy solution

    My 'lazy solution' for a TBH entrance is to just space the first bar back a bit. Photos here:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopbarhives.htm
    Graham
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    Default Re: How many entrances for my hive - possible lazy solution

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    My 'lazy solution' for a TBH entrance is to just space the first bar back a bit. Photos here:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopbarhives.htm
    That's what we did, makes changing the entrance size a breeze.

    But I think what the OP is getting at is letting the bees control their own entrance size. All I know is an amazing amount of bees can move through a very small opening in a hurry.

    A side question I have is how big of a hole can/will the bees cover with propolis?

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    Default Re: How many entrances for my hive - possible lazy solution

    >A side question I have is how big of a hole can/will the bees cover with propolis?

    It depends entirely on the genetics of the bees. Some will fill a huge hole. Some will only attempt it if the hole is quite small.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: How many entrances for my hive - possible lazy solution

    Quote Originally Posted by TheronT View Post
    A while ago, I saw a video where someone took a fallen hollow tree and put plexiglass on one side and drilled multiple entrance holes in the tree. The filmmaker then filled most of the holes with mud, the idea being that the bees would open those holes as needed. Then got a swarm to move in, and filmed the whole bit (time-lapsed).
    I would really like to see that video.

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    Default Re: How many entrances for my hive - possible lazy solution

    Quote Originally Posted by onesojourner View Post
    I would really like to see that video.
    Me too...

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    Default Re: How many entrances for my hive - possible lazy solution

    I bet this is it:


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    Default Re: How many entrances for my hive - possible lazy solution

    That is pretty cool.

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    Default Re: How many entrances for my hive - possible lazy solution

    I agree that was neat

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