Top entrance

Discussion pertaining specifically to the hive type commonly known as "Langstroth" with Hoffman frames.
Natbeek
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Top entrance

Postby Natbeek » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:58 pm

I am considering doung top entrances on my hives. I am curious if that moves all the brood to the top box? Also any thing that you have learned from this would be helfull as positives or negatives.

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Michael Bush
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Re: Top entrance

Postby Michael Bush » Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:37 pm

Bees want to store honey over the brood nest. This pushes it down. Regardless of where the entrance is.
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Natbeek
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Re: Top entrance

Postby Natbeek » Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:53 am

Michael, in the pictures of your top entrances it looks like you dont use an inner cover. Do you use one?

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Re: Top entrance

Postby Michael Bush » Sat Apr 23, 2016 12:15 am

I do not use an inner cover.
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Re: Top entrance

Postby Koscak » Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:58 pm

This is my experimental cover with top entrace ( upgraded - complicated :lol: version of Michael bush's top cover ) and bottom board all in one piece. You can use it as bottom board with slope for water to go out (upper side ) or or if you have the upper entrance as cover ( underside ).

front side ( entrance)
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back side
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and painted cover on hive
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Re: Top entrance

Postby Nate K » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:37 am

I've considered using Top entrances for a while, this year I may give it a try.
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