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Offline colbees

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« on: March 12, 2012, 08:14:21 PM »
is it ok to place a hive near water and, should you have an enterance reducer on the hive right when you first put the bees in it. :camp:
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Offline rbinhood

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012, 08:21:22 PM »
Water is good....and yes a small entrance is necessary until the hive is well established.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2012, 08:31:16 PM »
I keep reducers on most of my hives year round.  (I also run screened bottoms year round also)

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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2012, 12:25:38 AM »
Define water?  Lake Superior, or a mountain stream? 

Bees need water for evaporative cooling in the summer and for raising brood.  Having a source of water nearby is a good thing.  My bees like sucking water out of mud, peat moss, or sawdust I have setting a 5 gallon bucket waiting to get dumped.  Sometimes, lazy pays!  They also like bird baths.

They have no problem flying to a water source, so it’s not like you need to park your hives on some river bank.  I would probably go for a sunny site over river bank myself.

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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2012, 06:57:21 AM »
Define water? 
You also want to avoid someplace that is perpertually damp.

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2012, 07:00:04 AM »
How near is near ??? 6'' or 6'



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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2012, 07:45:40 AM »
I wouldn't want them low enough they get flooded or low enough that the air is always moist... they seem to do better part way up a hill rather than in the bottom of a valley.
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2012, 04:03:08 PM »
Hi sorry i didnt tell you it is a small swamp that im going to put the hive near and there is about 6-7 feet in front of it that is dry land.
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2012, 04:07:22 PM »
Perfect.