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Offline txbeegal

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Entrance Reducer
« on: April 22, 2013, 03:37:20 PM »
Hello all,
Do I need to remove the entrance reducer now that we are in full Spring??? 
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Offline Joe D

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Re: Entrance Reducer
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 03:51:46 PM »
You may can if you have a big robust colony.  I still have a reducer in mine.  They have about a three inch gap.  I had run mine year round without a reducer and last fall 5 of my hives jumped on 1 strong hive, killed them all and robbed the honey.  I have had a reducer in every since.  Will take it out during the summer.  Good luck to you and your bees.




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Offline Finski

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Re: Entrance Reducer
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013, 04:04:16 PM »
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I look the need from number of ventilating bees. I have solid bottoms,

In main flow I keep entrance open because they dry up nectar and need  huge air flow.

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Offline Bees In Miami

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Re: Entrance Reducer
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013, 05:29:12 PM »
The bees will tell you when it's time to remove it.  When you start seeing traffic jams, open it some more.  I open gradually, in stages if you will.  I usually cut a reducer in half, so I can go to half open next, then when that gets crowded, remove the rest.  JMO. 

 

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