Re: Extra hole for honey production
Originally Posted by NJBeeVet
From my experience, however, when you temporarily open that auxiliary, horizontal entrance, they will NOT use it for traffic (not much, if at all).
They will keep using the original primary entrance for all traffic - this primary entrance location will be engraved into the colony pretty hard (notice - this will be different from the vertical auxiliary entrances; those work differently).
But they will for sure utilize the secondary entrance for ventilation - a good thing in itself during hot, mid-summer flow.
This in turn should promote the bees start using deeper portions of the hive.
PS: but also, assuming the warm way entrance, you are to be constantly pushing the brood nest away from the main entrance - that in itself is pushing the bees deeper.
Last edited by GregV; 02-26-2019 at 10:19 AM.
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