So I built a TBH over the winter and I pick up my first package this afternoon! My wife and son have been helping prepare things and we are very excited. I created about a 4/8" gap with two screws that prevent the first top bar from covering the hive all the way creating a gap where bees can enter and exit here are some pics the first being the entrance:
The entrance end:
Here is the hive with the roof off. I cut a piece of trailer underpinning for the roof and there wasn't enough of a peak to let water drain off during a rain we had so I put these boards under it to help drain off the water which worked fine. I have 4 bricks on top of the under pinning where the wood pieces lay to keep it in place. By the way this isn't its permanent hive stand this was an early version now it is 2 cinderblocks high on each side and up on some 4 x 4 posts between them so higher up off the ground.
My question is the entrance too long/big for a new package is it too much area for them to defend? I plan on putting a baggie feeder in with them and don't want to kick off robbing. I could take out one of the screws on one end and push it flush but that would obviously throw off all the other bars so not sure. Is this entrance the way Michael Bush does his its hard to tell from the pics on his site.