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Offline ITstings

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tbh entrance
« on: March 06, 2009, 06:36:35 PM »
How big should entrance be in tbh . two or three 3/4 holes on top or bottom . should they be top or bottom. thanks for any advice.

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Re: tbh entrance
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2009, 09:32:27 PM »
There is really no right answer.  The bees are pretty resilient.  I made mine 1/2" x 6", but 3/4" holes will work just as well.   I made one with top entrances and one with bottom entrances.   I would like to say the top entrance was better, but I really have nothing to back that up with.



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Re: tbh entrance
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2009, 10:04:15 AM »
All of my top bar entrances are just the first bar spaced back from the front 3/8".  I have no holes.  You can adjust it as you like.
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Re: tbh entrance
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009, 10:08:08 PM »
My top bar hives use a bottom entrance but a imperfection in my follower board on one gives them a top rear entrance. They use both. They may have propolised the top one this winter but will see when they get active.
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Re: tbh entrance
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009, 11:46:01 PM »
My top bar hives use a bottom entrance but a imperfection in my follower board on one gives them a top rear entrance. They use both. They may have propolised the top one this winter but will see when they get active.

They may very well of done that. I have seen it, when the bees have a choice, they will close off the top entrance. I think they do this for enhancing trapped heat. In studies, bees overwhelmingly choose a bottom entrance over a top entrance, when side by side offerings were made. I think the bees know something... ;)
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Re: tbh entrance
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2009, 05:11:35 PM »
My top bar hives use a bottom entrance but a imperfection in my follower board on one gives them a top rear entrance. They use both. They may have propolised the top one this winter but will see when they get active.

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Re: tbh entrance
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009, 10:20:45 PM »
thank you for the help.