- Jul 23, 2009
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No, they don't - but with the plugs removed they do allow the bees through! But, I agree, the hole in itself might be too large an opening for the bees to enable them to guard an upper entrance - particularly one filled with honey. So, I've cut out half of the ventilation plugs and use those as entrances. Attached. Both are propolised - the one was actively in use, and with the other the bees have decided they don't need it anymore.Well I have an Abelo hive and I have a solid plug or a ventilated plug neither of which allow bees through.
I am surprised there is not more interest in this thread about the upstairs/downstairs intrance. Having just discovered their website l am considering speculating a few pounds to see how one works. My specific interest is in baffling wasps. I am trying Millet's tunnel entrance this year - thank you for the plans Millet.
So that would be an argument for still using skeps to house bees, would it?Good luck to them and all, but isn't this just trying to solve a "problem" that doesn't actually exist? The hives that we have all been successfully using for years & years seem pretty good to me.
Good queens, good nutrition & good disease/parasite control = happy bees and beekeepers. Not sure the entrance type, or indeed hive type, is quite so important?