When to Change to Larger Opening

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Rick Brittain, May 7, 2012.

  1. Rick Brittain

    Rick Brittain New Member

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    Got my bees 30 Mar 12 (member of Guilford County, NC beekeepers Assn) and I have 8 frame medium bodies. The bees have filled the first 8 frame body and I added the second. When should I go to a larger opening to allow more bees to enter and exit at a time?
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Hi Rick:
    First, seeing as this is your first post let me issue you a warm Welcome! :hi:
    What size opening do you have now? If it is at the smallest opening I would move up to the next size. Not sure of your temps in NC but I would think that soon you should be able to remove it altogether. There are lots of members here from NC that will be able to guide you with more certainty.
    Have fun poking around here, it is a great forum!
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    To put it simply, NOW.
     
  4. dr.buzz

    dr.buzz New Member

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    Yeah, the main reasons to reduce the entrance is to prevent mice from nesting in the bottom box in Winter and to prevent a weaker hive from being robbed during a dearth. Not much chance of robbery when a flow is on, so make it easy for foragers to get in with their payloads as efficiently and quickly as possible....
     
  5. ablanton

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    I still have mine on 2". Should I move it to 4", or take it off altogether?
     
  6. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    move it to 4", or take it off altogether......Depending on how much of the 4 they are using.
     
  7. Gator_56

    Gator_56 New Member

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    I was about to ask this same question. I hived my package last week and was curious when I should/could make the opening larger. I have about a 1 inch opening currently. I am in Florida and it 90 degrees everyday now.

    When should I increase and to what size should I go?