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  1. #1
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    Default Newspaper Combine: Provide top-entrance for egress and ventilation?

    When doing a newspaper combine, is it recommend to provide a top entrance and/or top ventilation for the top box? Otherwise, do they run the chance of overheating or disease because they can't poop?
    Painted Peacock Manor, Palos Verdes, CA

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    Default Re: Newspaper Combine: Provide top-entrance for egress and ventilation?

    They can chew through it over night I don't make a top opening but my inner covers have a notch for ventilation.

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    Default Re: Newspaper Combine: Provide top-entrance for egress and ventilation?

    I put the bottom board of the hive to be combined on top and slip a entrance reducer in.

  4. #4
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    Knox, Pa. USA
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    Default Re: Newspaper Combine: Provide top-entrance for egress and ventilation?

    Just Placed a couple of popsicle sticks between inner cover and hive body. That's all I do.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Newspaper Combine: Provide top-entrance for egress and ventilation?

    I made several screened shims with 1/8 hardware cloth (hundred and one uses). Anytime I need to combine I use one.

    Will let the hive sit for a day or a weeks depending on the goal. The bees can keep the hive cool by fanning air through a screen to the box below. I usually give each an entrance but don't have to with a screen, if I'm worry about robbing I may not.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...orker-Easy-Fix

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