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Holes in tob par hive

 
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luk_lak
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: Holes in tob par hive Reply with quote

I've purchased a horizontal top bar hive and I'm a bit surprised by some of the holes in it. On the 'front' board I have 3 holes, on the 'back' only 2 holes. Also there is a hole in the divider board. Here are my questions:
1. Why there is different number of holes on front/back?
2. Which is 'the correct' side of the hive where should I put my bees and why?
3. Why there is a hole in divider board? I thought it is to separate the empty side of the hive?
4. Should I block the holes when I get my bees?
5. Can I use 2 hole entrance for my bees? (Due to location of the hive and location of the observation window the 3 holes are super close to the fence).

Lukasz
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Dexter's shed
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the hole in the follower board may be so you can place a syrup feeder behind, thus giving the bees access?

pictures are always good
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Adam Rose
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have something very similar, maybe we got it from the same supplier ?

The hole in the divider/follower is for feeding. When you're not feeding, I would block it. And even if you are feeding, you may not want to do it via that hole, in which case it should be blocked, probably with a sawn off wine cork.

You can use either end. The one with three entrance holes is the more usual one, in case you want to open up three holes. Having entrance holes at either end can be useful for making splits. It doesn't make a great deal of difference, but can't you just turn the hive round and use the three holed end ?

Adam.
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luk_lak
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for the answers. I'll post some photos of my hive once I find some more time.
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MikeRobinson
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a raging case of "feature-itis" to me. Smile
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