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entrance reducers

  1. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi all! I'm new to beekeeping and don't have a lot to offer in the way of experience, but based on natural honey bee habits, wouldn't it make sense to keep a reducer on the hive? Bees naturally look for a cavity with a small entrance. This allows for better defense and the employment of fewer...
  2. Equipment/Hardware
    Although I do use mouse guards on the entrance reducers by installing nails spaced aproximately 3/8 of an inch apart at the opening, I decided to incorperate more then one method. This year, I added mouse traps to the hive stand just to see what I coud catch. One mouse was trying to make a home...
  3. Bee Forum
    I've noticed that now that warmer weather has incited a new level of activity among my bees, and I've kept the entrance reducer down to the lowest setting to promote a more uniform, steady flow of bees in and out and better control of ventilation. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I'm not sure yet...
  4. Bee Forum
    I made one of these. I like it. Here's a question: If I were to put one of these on each hive to anticipate robbing, and they are all built the same, would that defeat the purpose of confusing the robbers? Because they would already know about the trick entrance, correct? Do you vary the...
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