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  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. Beekeeping 101
    My first winter- I'm here at zone 5/6 border in MA. Using four inch reducer now but should I go to one inch for winter??? I Will be using a 5/8" upper entrance hole in feeding spacer above deeps.
  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. 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...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    I'm not sure what kind of about entrance reducers / mouse guard I should use. :scratch: It's getting cold up here, my veg garden got 'frosted' last night (I'm in northwest CT, USA) I've read that metal mouse guards/reducers are better because mice can't chew through them. I put one in, but...
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