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Offline beeali

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Bunbury Bee's
« on: March 16, 2013, 04:52:54 AM »
Gidday from WA..  8-)
My dad was running 20 odd hives down at Hopetoun,I never really took much notice(I was a teenager) till a friend of ours placed a hive on our 10 acre property two months ago.
He place a bottom box with some old comb 4/5 frames and workers in it down on the fence line.
A week later he came back with a queen,which was placed in the hive.
two weeks later (too soon I think) He then placed a top box on with new frames.The bottom yet wasnt full.
Ants moved in and he removed the top box.
We have since used cinnemon to no avail ,fixed the problem with grease on the hive legs.
Had a peek in at about 5pm and counted about 40 odd bees,most being on the old comb.
Todays question  :-D  How long is it going to take to get a good active hive happening ??
Im not too sure this queen is in high gear. :-P

Offline 10framer

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Re: Bunbury Bee's
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 10:24:13 AM »
if you only saw 40 bees they were probably robbers from other hives.  it takes thousand of bees to get a hive going.

Offline Joe D

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Re: Bunbury Bee's
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2013, 10:29:33 AM »
I would agree with 10farmer, you will need a lot more than forty bees.


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Re: Bunbury Bee's
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2013, 11:27:50 AM »
I agree, what I think may have happened is you had a robbing situation happen.
They will overwhelm a weaker hive and empty what stores the origanal bees had stored.
If you set up the hive again use a entrance reducer and if feeding use a feeder that is inside such as a baggie feeder or topfeeder.
Italians are notrouis about robbing.
Richard Vardaman (capt44)