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  1. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I just recently designed a new swarm trap entrance that can be 3d printed and I would love some feedback. Let me know your thoughts. You can download and print the design free on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2340818 Simple Open/Closed swarm trap entrance. I was tired of...
  2. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hello, I'm five days out from an install on Saturday. I am using a Kenyan top bar hive based on the plans Michael Bush posted on his website, the entrance is based on a small gap between the front bar and the hive front wall, with lid on top. I used a piece of wood to reduce the size of the...
  3. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi there good ol' BeeSource community, Looking to build an entrance reducer that would in fact close off the entrance to all bees within the hive, and let forager bees re-enter the hive as well. It would basically be an escape-board, but for the entrance of the hive. This is my idea so far...
  4. Observation Hive Forum
    Does entrance route and feeder location matter? Sorry for so many questions in one post but they are all related. To feed my observation hive, I will build a little box on one side with a place to put an upside down jar of sugar water, and a place to put some pollen. Now I was wondering about my...
  5. Bee Forum
    I've been watching the entrance of my new hive for a couple of days and I've learned quite a lot! I saw a few drones do their flights and watched the bees clean up the water after a rain. There's one behavior I can identify though.. A bee will put one front leg on the abdomen of another bee and...
  6. Bee Forum
    Has anyone experimented or tried a vertical entrance on the underside of a bottom board? And if you have, what was your experience? How well did the bees enter into the hive this way? Thanks!
  7. Bee Forum
    I would like to collect pollen this year but can't use the sundance that goes between brood and bottom board. What is my next best option? I saw there was one that goes above the brood chamber. There are also several models that go in front of the entrance. What is a quick and painless method of...
  8. Bee Forum
    I'm experimenting with using a top entrance on one of my hives. I have an entrance reducer on the regular entrance and the inner cover propped open about an inch. The inner cover was propped open in the back, but yesterday I moved it so that the opening is facing forward. Today I noticed that a...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Yesterday afternoon while watching both hives I heard an odd sound from one. The sound of an insect chewing wood is what it reminded me of. There were bees 'walking the line' along the entrance (reducer still in on the largest opening). They were doing their cleaning thing it appeared. I didn't...
  10. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I, like several people caught a swarm on Memorial Day. I'm glad we have some patriotic bees! :) Anyway, I took the swarm trap down and replaced it with an empty trap. I took the swarm home and have them set up and they are doing great. I returned to the trap site a few days later and saw several...
  11. Bee Forum
    Maybe this is an odd question, but I'm profoundly ignorant and hoping to improve, so I'll ask anyway. First, background: I'm a would-be beekeeper. I spent this winter studying everything I could find, reading books and forums. We have a piece of forest and meadow up in Northern NY that I...
  12. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hello, I have only one top bar hive I started in late May. They have drawn out about 14 bars of comb and I do see capped honey. My question is I only have two 3/4 inch holes for an entrance. Should I add more holes for them? My hive is 4 ft long with 15 inch bars, it just seems like its...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    OK, thought I would create a top entrance for the bees for easy access to the supers (and also for additional ventilation). Now I thought I read where it's posible to simply modify the inner cover by removing a section of the inner cover shim, so I used a router and now a one-inch section of the...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    Hello, Quick background: Second-year noobie beekeper here; last year I started too late and my colony didn't make it over the winter. Langstroth hive. I installed a new package of bees + queen on Saturday. Our weather has been bad here lately-- down to the low 30s, upper 20s at night, and...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    I recently built a new bottom board from the 10 frame Langstroth hive plans on Beesource. The drawing shows that the 3/8" opening is on top. Is this the entrance side or do they just have the bottom board upsidedown in the plans?My old bottom board used a 3/4" entrance reducer. There isn't...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    Here is my first question to the forum. I started a new hive last month, first one by the way. I have the entrance reducer set at the smallest opening. The weather for the next 7 days will be over 90 degrees in Northern Ky. Should I be taking the entrance reducer out, or changing it to the...
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