entrance reducers I normal nail on starting about this time of year for my regular hives to close down the entrance for the coming winter. I also put them on new established hives to reduce the entrance and thereby limit robbing during the spring and summer. they are made from frames (the top bars) that have seen better days...
like I've pounded into my kids' heads over the years... use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. I'll have to show this to hubby, he swears that there is never a reason to get rid of anything because it can always be used for something else.
To my wife's utter embarrassment I like to scavenge in the dumpsters outside carpentry shops. I have collected so much good beekeeping wood pieces there. For entrance reducers I use sticks of a thickness that fit into the entrance slot of the hives. No need to nail them--their thickness just holds them in place. I cut them off (or break them) to allow enough space for the hive to function without being overwhelmed by uninvited guests.
So what if the bees enter from the side and not the center.
After taking of the summer honey, 2-3 inches is adequate. (Another item I get there is wood shavings that are just great for my smoker)
I've learned over the years to do my scavenging when my wife isn't with me.
efmesch...you and my hubby would get along fabulously! For 20 years I have seen that man of mine find some of the most amazing things ...in other people's garbage. I don't look down on that, but I do wish he was as good at organizing the stuff as he is at finding it
Hobie...me and WBB have a few skirts that get raveled and worn but somehow that just seems to make them more comfy. A girl can never be sure when the right time to toss a garment is!
tec....my hubby saw the pick and said "told you they could be used for something!" He just loves it when someone else proves his point! :lol: