Demaree - top opening or not

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Etton 

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I'm not out to build another colony just to grow the hive and prevent swarming. I've not created a top opening, am using a jbm board, but thinking I need to have a top opening to allow the drones to escape. What do others do?
 

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agree with Dani

if you've made a board in keeping with JBMs instructions, it will have a top opening...

allow drones to escape and am rolling frames down into LBB when empty
 

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Does it matter which direction it points... same as bottom opening?
Will a newly mated queen normally find the top opening, if building a new colony in the top BB?
 

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Face it the same way.
A newly mated queen will go to the entrance she flew out of
 

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I have made up three Demaree boards according to JBM's instructions but added the option of inserting a simple door - similar to the Snelgrove boards I made a couple of years ago. These could be used if there is a serious wasp or robbing problem. Unlikely to be used as expect Demarees to be used only for the main swarm season. This is the first year I have used Demaree boards.
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Where are the plans for JBM's board??
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Cheers Dani and JBM.
 

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