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  1. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    I was checking out how they over wintered and thought it would be a good opportunity to share what my apiary looks like:
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Equipment/Hardware
    Frequently there is discussion about upper/top hive entrances and their benefits on this forum (and now detailed in Michael Bush’s book on page 329). Last summer I converted my nine hives to upper entrances and finally had a decent honey harvest from my older hives. I built upper entrances...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    I am using a pail feeder for the first time. Setup - inner cover with open entrance, 3/4" blocks under pail feeder, deep over, lid. It made sense to me that the top entrance might help the bees get to it quicker, but they actully are already at the top of the frames inside. I didn't consider...
  6. Equipment/Hardware
    Read this page: http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/ventilation.html Now I can see his chimney effect with a hive with both top and bottom entrances. That's pretty obvious. But one thing he doesn't really explore is a hive with ONLY a top entrance. Imagine two hives. The first hive is a...
  7. Bee Forum
    I'm thinking of using some upper drilled holes as the only entrance to some nuc-type starter colonies in regular hive boxes (with SBB for added ventilation). I know lots of people advise drilling 3/4" round holes for upper hive body entrances, which can be plugged and opened according to need...
  8. Bee Forum
    Was just checking on a couple of my hives today (50%) and noticed a few dead bees on the landing board and on the snow. There were about 10 -15 for both hives. While this was noticeable on the snow, I didn't think the numbers were reason for a big alarm. I've got them wintering in 3 mediums...
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