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Author Topic: Size of top entry hole  (Read 332 times)
House Bee
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« on: May 17, 2014, 01:23:17 PM »

I am making a top entry cover and want to drill a hole in it to allow the bees in and out. How large a hole should I drill ?

I was thinking about rounding the hole with a router also to make it easier to land. Maybe installing a traffic light...  grin

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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2014, 06:40:46 PM »

Well I drill my holes to 7/8 inch.  My wine corks fit nicely in there.  Others have said that theirs are 3/4 inch. 

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Field Bee
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 04:56:56 PM »

do not forget the trafic cams

allow room for a speed trap later on
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 05:12:14 PM »

I can’t speak for the bees, but personally I like a 9mm high slot for entrances, 2” to 18” wide depending upon the time of the year.  A 9mm slot is too small for mice and just the right size for one row of bees to defend against moths and the weather. 

I also like a landing board because it tends to give the bees a place to hang out and beard that is somewhat protected from the weather.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2014, 03:02:18 PM »

My top entrances:

A notch will work fine...

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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2014, 11:10:51 PM »

5/16" full width. I also have a 3"X5/16" bottom entrance.

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