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Offline annette

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Is it ok to leave 4" entrance reducer on hives?
« on: July 06, 2011, 12:59:23 AM »
You are probably wondering why I am asking this question, but I have a major problem with robbing. So for the past couple of years I have left the entrance reducer on the 4" size so the bees can more easily defend the entrance.

I have an open screened bottom board and a top entrance.

Anyone, see a problem with doing this??

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Re: Is it ok to leave 4" entrance reducer on hives?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2011, 05:32:36 AM »
...for the past couple of years I have left the entrance reducer on

the 4" size... I have an open screened bottom board and a top entrance.  Anyone, see a problem with doing this??

Here in the hot and humid South I run a 4 inch wide entrance with SBB and NO top entrance year round and see no ill effects.  May have fewer SHBs that others report as 'normal'.

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Re: Is it ok to leave 4" entrance reducer on hives?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2011, 08:23:47 AM »
I keep some of my hives closed up more them that all year long.   I just leave blocks in there and don't worry about it.

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Re: Is it ok to leave 4" entrance reducer on hives?
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2011, 07:39:23 PM »
My bee pallets all have 4" entrances...no problem.

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Re: Is it ok to leave 4" entrance reducer on hives?
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2011, 08:38:58 PM »
Great responses, thank you everyone.

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