Re: Testing top vs. bottom entrances.
Nancy, note, however you keep your bees in standard Lang multi-body hives.
Originally Posted by enjambres
This means you keep adding and removing hive bodies over time to get to your beekeeping goals (meaning, keep changing the environment which then requires bee colony adjustments). This alone pollutes any perceived consistency over time.
For this to work consistently, you should confine them to a double-deep no matter what (for example), and only observe the double-deep situation. You will have to forgo any honey/swarming/splitting concerns as secondary.
Sure, bees must adapt.
But, given choices within the same stable environment, what WILL they choose and keep choosing?
I am yet to see a consistent experiment to be properly implemented and documented.
Maybe I just did not look hard enough.
With any luck, I will score another swarm soon here and will place them into the exact same hive model, and exact entrance configuration, and the same bee yard too. Should be fun to watch to experiments running side by side over the season.
To be sure, I am not pretending to be making any science here.
I have an immediate practical application for this - mess up few of my junky hives (by drilling all kinds of holes into them) so that I can decide where (and IF) I will drill any holes in my better hives. If I see benefits demonstrated to me, I will drill my better hives in the ways bees show me.
On the other hand, have not seen anyone presenting a consistently staged attempt to do this either.
So trying myself.
Last edited by GregV; 06-21-2018 at 10:15 AM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.