Hi all, does anyone have any experience or thoughts on using a vertical hive entrance chimney product like this?
I’ve not contacted the supplier (yet), but from some quick googling, people have indicated an entrance chimney does work, the only consideration I’ve seen was the “undertaker” bees ability to remove dead bees from the hive - not sure how’d that’d work, unless they simply drop the dead bees into the base of the chimney (for the ones that aren’t strong enough to fly/carry the dead bees up and out the top of the chimney).
Another potential challenge I see would be the initial training of your bees to use your local water supply, near the hive (although you could position the water towards to top of the chimney), rather than flying off and seeking water in neighbouring swimming pools etc? I’ve read that when starting a new hive you add sugar to your water source to attract/train them to it, then after a couple of weeks you can stop adding the sugar as they’ll always come back to your source? I assume the bees can smell the sugared water source nearby and would prefer/use that over a non-sugared supplied?
I’m really interested in this sort of arrangement as it would alleviate most of my concerns about managing flights paths and unwanted interactions in/out of the hive due to low or random flight paths. I know I can add screens around the hive to influence flight paths but the chimney seems like a good option to direct the flight path up and out?