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  1. #1
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    Default Easy to close entrance

    I need to move hives fairly often. I do just a little pollination for some local farmers and I also try to shift hives to be near nectar sources when available.

    I'm sick and tired of screening openings for moving.

    Surely there is a design for hive openings with some type of quick close door or screen on the opening.

    I watched the Italian video showing the use of the heat gun OA unit and it looked like they might be using some type of drop down screen, but you couldn't see details.

    I've talked with someone who said he moves his at night with open entrance. Not real fond of that idea.

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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    Have you seen this closure design?
    https://www.mannlakeltd.com/steel-en...sc-4-positions
    Graham
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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    Yes, I use those on Nucs, but they don't have enough opening for an active hive and not enough ventilation. Thanks, though.

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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    You need to engineer a #8 screen bar that you can screen on or off.

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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by GarfieldBeek View Post
    Surely there is a design for hive openings with some type of quick close door or screen on the opening.
    I use a tapered piece of wood the width of the hive entrance that slides in the entrance. I use a cupholder hook screwed in to the outside edge to pull it out. The wood is a little thicker than the height of the opening, but tapered on the edge that slides in. Or duct tape.
    David
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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    You could adapt this idea.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ber-frame-idea

    Flip the bar one way and the hive is open. Flip it around and the hive is closed. Expand the cutout in the bar to the entrance size you need.

    The entire screen is fastened with single a knob nut on a hanger bolt (a bolt with wood screw threads on one end and 1/4-20 threads on the other end)
    Zone 5B

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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    I try not to error on the wrong side of ventilation and very seldom completely close off openings. A "framed" robber screen (no exit or opening on bottom) and only one mounting screw (thinking hanger bolt and wing nut) could be arranged to rotate into and out of position.
    “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    I use foam, found a large piece along the road and picked it up. Works great.
    PAHunter62
    Zone 6b: 22 Hives, 15 swarms captured 2016

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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by loghousebees View Post
    I'm using these this year....well still have to install them. I cut another piece the same size with a cut out for oav wand. going to keep the mouse guard and put tape over most of the openings for winter
    Terrence - 2 full years....still a newb

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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    I use #8 hardware cloth. I fold into a V and push in the entrance. quick and easy. I use a shorter piece to reduce the entrance without reducing ventilation

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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    Thanks, I've thought about that.. I've always used #8 and stapled. Even so, they sometimes find a dap that I missed and when they find a hole they are PEED off big time. So I was afraid to try just wedging in a v. I'll try it.

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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    That looks promising. I've ordered one to take a closer look. Thanks

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    Default Re: Easy to close entrance

    I make mine like Brushy Mountain but I put 2 large entrances at the bottom and a small opening on the top.
    I leave them on all year because they work as mouse guards as well.
    Zone 6b 1400'

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