On the front of my five tbh I'm measuring down two inches from the top and cutting a ten-inch-long, three-eights-inch-wide entrance below that two inches line. Then I plan to put a three-eighths-inch-thick, two-inch-wide, eighteen-inch-long board down to the top of the entrance. Then I will put over that board another one like it, but it will be two and three-fourth-inches wide, i.e., it will cover the entrance... making the bees land on the front board, go under that board, walk up about three-eighths inch to get to the covered entrance. Do YOU foresee the bee's not being able to see the actual entrance when they land being a problem?
I'm going to be cutting the boards today, but I won't cut the entrance into the front of the hive until I'm sure there won't be a problem with this plan that I've never seen done anywhere. THANKS, Joe!