Re: best entrance position for top bar hive
This is a good point, Mike.
Originally Posted by AvatarDad
I too thought about it.
In the end, I keep doing the #2 on my rigs.
I choose the #2 because then I can play with warm way/cold way/hybrid way in the same box (depending on the season and my needs).
In addition, #2 supports keeping two colonies in the same box (#1 just does not; #3 does support two colonies/box, but bees flying out in the opposite direction is not my favorite way). You run two #2's per hive for this. Two #2's per hive usually means you run one of them only and this is where the nest will be located (the opposite #2 is normally closed). You still can open the second #2 (partially or entirely) so to let the strong family ventilate as well as allow them direct access to the honey storage during a strong flow. So the double-#2 is my favorite way on long rigs (14-20 frames). On the short rigs (12 frames) I am only doing single #2.
Last edited by GregV; 10-28-2018 at 08:38 PM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.