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There are a couple downsides to doing this. If you get driving rain - some water will get in. Also, you are more likely to get robbers if the hive isn't strong.

It works in a pinch. Personally, I like propping the lids a bit for an additional entrance...
 

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I prop the lid as well, especially when they are on a flow. Gives them their choice of entrance. I have noticed that it seems they come in the top and go out the bottom...LOL. whatever works for them!
 

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I have done it several times. My bees were not all that interested in using the gap for some reason. They usually just posted guard bees all along the gap.

I also noticed that with foundation they didn't draw out the frames as they got closer to the gaps. I think that with drawn comb they filled it (I can't remember for sure as I stopped doing this several years ago since the bees didn't seem that interested).
 

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Screened bottom boards will provide all the benefits with none of the drawbacks. Foraging bees give their loads to house bees who process and store it anyways, so I don't think the "faster access" consideration to the colony interior means much to the bees from a practical standpoint. SBBs or top entrance for my money; robbing SUCKS.
 
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