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Marco666 

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Hello,
How should I keep the entrance of my Hives in this season? Should I keep it wide open or should I shorten it?
Thank you.
Marco.
 

itma 

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Keep the reducer in, unless it really needs to come out.

Reasons for it coming out would start with it causing 'too large' (hand-sized?) a queue/scrum at the entrance. A small queue is a good thing, as it means that the bees aren't worried by robbers - which improves the colony's temperament.

Some people actually keep a stock of entrance reducers with different sized holes ...
 

bpmurray 

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I took out the blocks earlier but the guard bees began to become paranoid and a bit aggressive. I put them back in and the reduced entrance meant that they've become calm again.
 

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Hello,
How should I keep the entrance of my Hives in this season? Should I keep it wide open or should I shorten it?
Thank you.
Marco.
I build my hives so they have a permanently reduced entrance as part of the omf floor. No need for a vast gap for the guard bees to have to defend
 

YorkshireBees 

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Hello,
How should I keep the entrance of my Hives in this season? Should I keep it wide open or should I shorten it?
Thank you.
Marco.
For the last 3 years I haven't bothered removing the entrance reducers and have never had a problem with queuing bees!

*Photo is a double brood c/w 5 supers and reduced entrance.
 

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Marco666 

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Thank you very much everyone. Your suggestions are priceless.
Marco.
 

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