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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    The upper entrance is a must if you have a queen excluder in place. Drones cannot get through an excluder but they must be able to leave the hive.

    In the winter I don't have an upper entrance or vent hole. I used to, then I tried three Vivaldi boards in 2018 and liked them so much I use them on all hives now.
    Zone 6B

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  3. #22
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    Default Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    I run about a 1000 hives in singles with SBB. I use a entrance reducer in the winter. The only entrance or venting I have above the QE is the corner hole or mouse hole in the honey supers. I keep my drone in the brood box where they are needed.

  4. #23
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    Default Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    Quote Originally Posted by The Honey Householder View Post
    I run about a 1000 hives in singles with SBB. I use a entrance reducer in the winter. The only entrance or venting I have above the QE is the corner hole or mouse hole in the honey supers. I keep my drone in the brood box where they are needed.
    I am just curious, Is that Solid Bottom Boards or Screened Bottom Boards.

    Thanks
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  5. #24
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    Default Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    I plan on running my first hive/hives in a single deep, I read in this thread that you guys only inspect every two weeks, is that just due to the number of hives you guys own? I was planning on inspecting once a week if possible and don't intend on having more than 4 hives since I live in a suburb.

  6. #25
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    Default Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    Quote Originally Posted by The Honey Householder View Post
    I run about a 1000 hives in singles with SBB. I use a entrance reducer in the winter. The only entrance or venting I have above the QE is the corner hole or mouse hole in the honey supers. I keep my drone in the brood box where they are needed.
    Why the reducer? Don’t you shake them all out in the fall?

  7. #26
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    Default Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    I run double mediums so I can reverse boxes when red maple kick in ( February). Good luck for 10 years now.

  8. #27
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    Default Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    Quote Originally Posted by grozzie2 View Post
    Why the reducer? Don’t you shake them all out in the fall?
    Still have to keep the mice out. No bee to protect the combs.

  9. #28
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    Default Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    Swarmhunter:

    No upper entrance in winter, only bottom mouse guard with wire mesh 3/4" by 3" opening. Open one window, get some fresh air, open two windows, get a breeze.

    Crazy Roland

  10. #29
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    Pleasant Valley, NY
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    Default Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    Those that are running single deeps. When you feed for winter stores, how many pounds of stores usually gets
    them by for a typical winter?

  11. #30
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    Default Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    2-3 gallons pails. All depends on the Goldenrod/Aster flow.

    Crazy Roland

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