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I was wandering how many of you have both, lower and upper hive entrances opened?
How many of you have only upper or lower entrances opened? Thanks, pcelar.
 

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The hives I do over winter I leave the bottom entrance wide open but shielded from direct wind. I also allow ventilation holes at the top with an area big enough for the bees to use in case the bottom gets plugged with dead bees before I can get them cleared.
 

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Entrance reducer on bottom with 4 openings 1/4-3/8 square and upside down inner cover on top. I had to screen the top this fall because the yellow jackets fly in much cooler weather and were getting in the top and upsetting the bees. Temps are single digits +/- now. It's still screened and I'm sure the bees won't mind for a while.
 

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Our hives have the bottom entrance open, the screened bottom board open and on the top modified Tim Arheit inner covers upside down with ventilation holes closed and one three-quarter inch sloped upper entrance open. They have sugar rations a la Mountain Camp on the top frames. We are hoping for strong survivors. Take care and have fun
 

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Wide open bottom entrance and Tim Arhiet (honeyrunapiaries) inner cover with insulation in them and a 3" x 1/4" opening in top cut into them for top entrance.
 

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Lower reduced and mouse guarded. Flipped inner cover and added homasote with a space cut into it accommodating the hole in the inner cover. This for ventilation.
 

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Both top and bottom ent., fiberboard between inner and outer covers, screened bottom only.
 

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I was wandering how many of you have both, lower and upper hive entrances opened?
How many of you have only upper or lower entrances opened? Thanks, pcelar.
I set my hives up differently if they are NUC's or full size, but both have lower and upper entrances. For years I did what I thought was right (pre-Beesource Forum days). Then I did what you have done here, I "Polled" the folks on Beesource and then decided what I wanted to do and went and did it. I picked a few folks responses from here that have similar weather conditions and hive set-ups as me, who are successful, like Mike Palmer and took their advice to which I am grateful. The big change I made was to open up the inner cover entrance.

My hives are set-up with lower entrances, typically 3/8" with either two full, or one full and one medium. I reduce the lower entrances and vent the inner cover...I also insulate, and on light hives, use the dry sugar method of providing additional feed if necessary.
 
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