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House Bee
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« on: March 25, 2012, 11:32:13 AM »

Is an enterance reducer fit so that you have to hammer it in

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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012, 11:57:37 AM »

Just lift the front of the lowest hive body and slide it in. If it is too long you may have to trim it.

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2012, 12:31:52 PM »

No hammer should be needed. If it fits too tight whittle it down just a little. I use a stick most of the time to block part of the entrance, does not have to fit under the bottom edge of the box, just block the hole a little. after a short time they will propolize it in place.

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those hot bees will have you steppin and a fetchin like your heads on fire and your @ss is a catchin!!!

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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2012, 12:54:29 PM »

I like to use the type of reducer that Harry Aebi made in his book.  I have several different sizes to use, depending on the occasion and need.  I also make my mouse guards the same way.  I'll try to get a pic or two on my photobucket to share.  BTW, I strongly recommend his book, The Art and Adventure of Beekeeping.  It's written for beekeeping prior to TM, Varroa, SHB and CCD but is a joy to read.  I especially like the low overhead ideas for beekeeping in the book.  The drawings are also very period but neat.

Apparently it's out of print.  I cannot find it new.
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