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kenthold
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« on: September 23, 2013, 09:40:26 AM »

I had a couple of hives on cotton at one of my friends farm soon after it started blooming.  The one hive was doing so good I decided to move my other 3 over there to finish out the season.  My question is, should I pull them off before they defoliate the cotton?  That will happen about October 15 and I was planning on bringing them back home for the winter.  I just don't know if I should wait till they defoliate and the flow tapers off or will it hurt them to take them off of a strong nectar flow like that this late it the year.  Will they have a large population built up and then die off or eat up the stores because of lack of nectar?
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 11:54:53 AM »

Definitely take them off before they defoliate the spray they use will hurt them for sure
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013, 04:44:09 PM »

Take them off in the middle of a warm day, moving house bees only and leaving the foragers.
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2013, 07:42:35 PM »

Thanks for the input.  Iddee, I hadn't even thought about pulling them out and leaving the field bees.  In a way I hate to leave them all out there but that sounds like a good way to solve the problem. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2013, 07:30:22 AM »

why wait cotton flow been over.  they will bee picking here 1st of next week
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2013, 09:42:28 AM »

I guess we are a little behind here.  They won't be picking here for a month or so.  One thing I was wondering.  One of the hives is kind of weak, I was wondering if it would help to leave it there a week after I pull the other hives so the field bees from the others would go to that hive and help it out a little.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2013, 11:23:50 AM »

I guess we are a little behind here.  They won't be picking here for a month or so.  One thing I was wondering.  One of the hives is kind of weak, I was wondering if it would help to leave it there a week after I pull the other hives so the field bees from the others would go to that hive and help it out a little.

I have done that before and it helped the weak hive. I have also switched places with a weak and strong hive to help a weak hive.
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