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Hello, I was wondering how important the entrance bar on the hive is...I went to check on my bees today and it seems it has been pushed out a little bit...is this something I should fix? How important is this bar?
 

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The larger the entrance, the more bees will be required to guard it. I keep mine at a 4 - 5 inch opening, and this doesn't seem to jam up the bees at all. Later in summer I will reduce the entrance down to an inch or two, during the dearth - this is when other bees or wasps will try and rob.
 
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