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Offline tryintolearn

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reduce entrance on a nuc
« on: July 24, 2012, 02:45:13 PM »
just now i placed a nuc next to my established hive...should i reduce the entrance?  the beekeeper i got it from didn't have one on it in his bee yard and its a full five frames of comb with nice Brood pattern and lots of bees. 

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Re: reduce entrance on a nuc
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 02:59:09 PM »
If they are strong then you are probably OK.   If there is a dearth and strong robbing conditions,  it is better to be proactive then try to stop robbing once it gets started.
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Re: reduce entrance on a nuc
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 03:07:11 PM »
very strong cotton flow going on now.  only 80 yards from hives...going back out in a few to see how its going...91 degrees here....lol thanks

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Re: reduce entrance on a nuc
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 03:15:07 PM »
Then just make sure they have room.  With a good flow and lots of bees, a nuc can get honey bound really quickly.
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Re: reduce entrance on a nuc
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 04:38:47 PM »
Any little peice of wood will work for a reducer. I keep strips of 3/4 x 3/4 board from 2in to 12in long around my hives all the time if I see I need to reduce an entrance for whatever reason I put a peice in of what I think may be the right length. If they get crowded looking at the entrance and no robbers around take it out and put in a shorter one. But I always keep the opening on the same side.

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Re: reduce entrance on a nuc
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2012, 10:13:28 AM »
havent closed it up yet and this morning everything looks normal no robbing...thanks guys

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Re: reduce entrance on a nuc
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012, 11:27:46 AM »
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In 3 frame nucs I use 2x2 cm entrance. (insulated hivebox). It works in 30C day temperature well.
in 5-frame nuc 3x2 cm is good. It they hav emuch ventilators then add entrance.

it is simple to look how they need ventilation.
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