CF, I'll probably block the entrance with my own devices but I guess I just need to know how much opening they need at all times. I know they come out in early early spring and don't want to completely trap them in. I didn't last year and they occasionally came outside for cleansing flights when weather permitted.
I'll take note of some internet pictures of their winter set ups.
I also have never used mouse guards--but learned the hard way last year! So now I have these "L" shaped pcs. of metal with holes in it. BUT how am I suppose to install them. Does the bottom of the "L" go out in front of the hive body on the landing board or do I have to take the hive apart to install them??? I know it sounds crazy but they look like they are made to go the other way!
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