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South vs North facing entrance

 
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Rhea1957
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 6:04 pm    Post subject: South vs North facing entrance Reply with quote

I am brand new to beekeeping. I have a top-bar hive that has a new package installed on May 1, 2014. The girls have made about 3 combs already and I am so excited.
I read you should face the entrance to the south. We took the hive to the level spot on top of a hill near our home. I had grandkids helping me and somehow or another we faced their entrance to the north ?!?!?! Confused I have no idea how I missed that one. They are protected as it faces another slight incline in the hillside and past that is a treeline.
Should I attempt to move the entrance to the south? I guess I could move them a few inches every day? Or is this really not going to be a problem. I feel so dumb to have missed this for two weeks. I don't want to do something that will make things worse. Any advice?
Help!
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Trip
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Others may disagree, but as long your north entrance is protected from the winter winds I wouldn't bother moving the hive. Your spring and summer weather is warm enough that you don't really need early morning sun on the hive entrance to warm it up.
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Rhea1957
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the reply---it gets lots of sun from the east and it is protected by the hillside
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would agree, a cold wind into the entrance would not be good but the morning sun warming the hive is in my view what makes the difference, not whether they can get a tan on the porch.
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MikeRobinson
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have no fears about such things. In the wilds, bees live in trees and barn-walls and eaves without much regard to whether they face north or south. Just sit back and enjoy them.
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rmcpb
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So long as they have the protection from cold winds it does not matter which direction you face the entrance.

Cheers
Rob.
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imkeer
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even though it may be true that an entrance directed to the north would be no problem, (I don't know that , I would say it all depends on the location and such) it is possible to turn the hive in let's say 2 times. A quarter turn one day and the next or a few days later another quart. If it is okay to move a hive 3 feet than it would be no problem to turn it around...

Luc P. (BE)
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biobee
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or you could use a periscope entrance, which would keep the wind out from all directions.
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Bleith
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you add a periscope entrance anytime? Or should you wait for a certain season?
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biobee
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you don't mind drilling holes while bees are inside...
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Barbara
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having done exactly that 2 years ago I can say that, although I suited up, it was no problem to me or my bees.
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stevecook172001
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

biobee wrote:
If you don't mind drilling holes while bees are inside...
That'll be where one of these comes in handy.... Smile

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biobee
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just the job. Best not use power drills in those circumstances...
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Bleith
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a HTBH built to your spec Phil. The entrance holes have been a little confusing for me however. I currently have 3 holes drilled on the long side about 2" apart and about 1" or so above the bottom about 1/3rd down from one end. For the periscope entrance, where should the holes be? How far above those? Is there an I deal height? Also, I built a periscope when I built the hive. Just didn't drill the holes and instal it. I would like to because it turns out that my entrance faces north and where I live the winters can be pretty bad. Any info is appreciated
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