I'm a beginner. Determining entrance size and reducing top entrances is difficult.
There are many great devices for reducing bottom entrances. Top entrances have many advantages, but seem more difficult to reduce. I would like to either have tiny bottom entrances or not have them. My top entrances are in my inner covers.
I have reduced top entrances with a putty I made from wax and coconut/olive oil. Unlike a lot of reducers, these ones don't get stuck, break, and fall out much.
Do you do any of these?
- mold entrances out of wax
- use reducers that the bees can modify
- use a cheap, disposable, or recyclable reducer material
I designed an inner cover that is like the common one, with these differences:
- The rim is on one side.
- no hole in the middle
- The entrance is about 2 or 3 inches long.