If your floor has the bar on that’s meant to seal the gap between bottom box and the first porch lift (most fall off or get removed) then just pop the cone on the roof or drill a hole in a lift that corresponds with the top box. The bees will find the entrance from an open crown board!Thanks for that.
I was wondering if it was possible to run a more traditional Bailey comb change within the lifts:
If you seal off the lower old box with a solid floor below it, remove the bridge piece (if you use one) and insert a Bailey eke above the old box would the bees then quickly learn to walk up the front of the box to the new entrance having entered via the normal lift entrance?
Would a conduit of some sort help the bees get to the new entrance without getting lost up the roof space?
There are two different types if Bailey change on the marketthe usual reasons are nosema or comb change en-masse without loss of brood.
I think Jules is alluding to thisnever felt the need to do so. If the Nosema is that bad, the colony is doomed. If it's not, then no need for any comb manipulations.
The true Bailey change, to address disease is when you put a box of sterilized drawn comb above the old box, get the queen up there immediately with a QX between both boxes.
I'm sure JBM means cleanOut of interest, what is your preferred method of sterilising drawn comb ?