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I don't. I give them full access to the top of frames. Now I also make my own boxes and will cut out an extra three-eigths on the frame rests giving them bee space on top instead of underneath. Have had no burr comb from this as they use the tops of the frames as a walkway.
 

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>Same setup for winter? Just close bottom screen and add styrofoam to the top?

It's nice to reduce the top entrance. I use a piece of screen molding that is 2" short of the width of the opening with one nail in the center to make a pivot. The Styrofoam is a good idea. I haven't done it for the last six years or so, mostly because most of that time I wasn't around, but also the price of Styrofoam has skyrocketed in recent times...
 

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>What about feeding? I know optimally it will be frames of honey but just starting a nuc or in emergencies do you use regular top feeders? It seems like a top enterance + a top feeder = robbing.

I use a bottom board feeder IF I feed, which I have not needed to do for the past six years...
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm#BottomBoardFeeder

and IF I don't just give them dry sugar, which is what I did the few years before that.
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm#drysugar

But I have contemplated drilling a hole the size of a mason jar and just putting an unpunched lid in the hole when not feeding, or a smaller hole for a 20 oz soda bottle, or an even smaller hole for a 1/4" tube soldered onto a jar lid which they should just propolized shut when not in use...
 
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