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beesrus 

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Hi,
My book (David Cramp) says that you can increase honey stores by drilling a 10mm hole in each of your supers to allow easy coming and going by the bees? Is this something anyone does and are there potential drawbacks to this?

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No and robbing.

It is not a common practice in the UK though it is used in the States. However lets consider my ever present drum here namely climate.

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David Cramp is a commercial beekeeper (4000 hives) and lives in New Zealand. Maybe his suggestion should be viewed in that perspective. I've certainly never come across anyone in the UK who does it. I guess it would work, but as the post above says, it would make the colony more vulnerable to robbing, with more than one entrance to guard.
 

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I have a few supers that have holes in either due to woodpecks or knots falling out or just crap joints, the bee's use them like crazy during a flow, but in a couple of weeks all the holes will be taped up before the wasps start and before the robbing season starts.

Please note these are 'naturally occuring holes' not ones i purposfully put in.

I wouldn't recommend drilling any holes in supers for the reasons already stated above.

And yes duck tape is my friend i carry it everywhere and in a few weeks my hive will look a complete mess with bits stuck all over them, but better that than loosing bees and honey to wasps and robbing.


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Excellent, thanks all - that clears that up.

BTW - not overly impressed with the book either.
 

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This is something we are actualy considering doing.
The plan being to make the hole the same size as a cork
so we can open or close it as the situation arises.
 

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