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  1. Bee Forum
    I have all top entrances but one hive. Some have an additional bottom entrance, but they mostly use the top. Last year I had an issue that I thought was the fault of the queen genetics somehow, but it's back this year through 3 different lines of bees. The honey flow was good and long, and my...
  2. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    Can someone help me understand why the entrance to a Warre hive is usually put at the bottom of the hive instead of at the top? Wouldn't it make more sense to put the entrance at the top, let the bees start their brood nest there and move down as the colony grows?
  3. Bee Forum
    Hi all, Finished my construction, and ready for the ladies to move in! http://i.imgur.com/VUPiIa2.jpg Question though... I've got inner covers with notches for top entrances. I've got the notches facing up and toward the back of the hive. I've pushed the telescoping top cover back to give as...
  4. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi, This is my first post and my first year keeping bees. We received our bees in late April and gave them a home in 2 ten inch deeps with a solid bottom/entrance. Since then I read a compelling article that encouraged the use of a top entrance rather than a bottom entrance for winter...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all, I've researched for several months, and have decided to go with 2 hives, consisting of the 8 frame mediums. With that being said, I will going with top entrances ala Mr. Bush. I have ordered my package bees and understand that I will need to feed them. I've googled until I'm...
  6. Equipment/Hardware
    I have a thought - please let me know your thoughts .. Since I run SBB on all my hives, can I save a few more $$ by just tacking the wire directly to the bottom of the hive? As I've been using upper entrances on my Nucs and it's working so well, I'm going to close off and alter my existing...
  7. 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...
  8. Diseases and Pests
    I had a skunk eating my bees until I modified my hives for a top entrance. Now I need to give them a fall feeding. I actually have it all ready to go in top feeders, only now I just realized I didn't plan on how to use a top feeder and a top entrance at the same time. I read that a top...
  9. Equipment/Hardware
    Here is my Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance. It is a migratory style lid with an entrance so that can be also used as a base. The entrance is able to be reduced in width. Good insulation. A top and bottom entrance is useful for hive ventilation. A top and bottom...
  10. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Help!! I have been reading and studying in preparation for this spring and thought I was completely prepared. Actually having bees is completely different than reading about them! Anyway, let me recap. We installed our bees on April 20th. Top bar hive, 3 top 3/4" entrance holes, closed...
  11. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I got a swarm yesterday at about 7am. They had been there for about 16 hours and I was happy that they did not leave before I got there. I sprayed them with suger water (1:1) so they would clump and fall directly into the nuc box I had. I had 4.5 frames of drawn comb (one frame had one side...
  12. Bee Forum
    I'm not sure if I over did it with the upper entrances?! The bottom entrance is wide open- I have 2 deeps that are filled solid with bees, a queen excluder and the 3 medium supers. The top box is full of capped honey, 2nd is 1/2 full and the bottom one they are drawing out comb. I flipped the...
  13. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi there-- I'd like to add propolis traps (the black bendable plastic kind) to the tops of my hives in place of the inner cover, with a telescoping top above the trap (propped up slightly to let in light). I have until now cut a notch out of the front edge of an inner cover to provide a top...
  14. Bee Forum
    I'd like to add propolis traps (the black bendable plastic kind) to the tops of my hives in place of the inner cover. I have cut notches out of my inner covers to provide a top entrance for the bees. Now that I am entirely removing the inner covers, how can I still provide a top entrance...
  15. Bee Forum
    I have two hives, top entrance, one was much stronger than the other, they are just a few feet apart, and I put the pollen catcher on the strong one, patiently waited for them to adapt a couple of weeks and left it on to gather pollen. Got a little pollen, but missed the early spring heavy...
  16. Bee Forum
    Now that the honey flow is on and considering the long distance travel in depositing nectar from bottom entrance of the hive past brood chambers, and up to the 4th box on the hive then returning all the way back down to get out it seems unnecessary. I also believe the reasons Bush Farms...
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