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Offline S.M.N.Bee

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Weres the robbing.
« on: October 10, 2013, 08:28:11 PM »
This is my fourth year keeping bees. Every fall I have battled robbing weather my hives were strong or not. This fall I have not observed any robbing at all here in Minnesota. Makes me wonder why!!!!

Maybe they knew I built robbing screens for all my hives this spring?

John 

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Re: Weres the robbing.
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2013, 09:37:47 PM »
What size opening do you have on your hives? At least during robbing season you should reduce your openings to at most 2" by 3/8". On weaker hives I use 1/2" by 3/8". I keep my hives reduced all year long.
Jim
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Re: Weres the robbing.
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 11:33:41 PM »
On my weakest hive I reduced the entrance to a hole 3/8".  Something that they can defend.
Later,
Ray

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Re: Weres the robbing.
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2013, 10:59:16 AM »
I am running a 2" by 3/8" hole. Similar to other years. We did get some rains this fall and we still have asters blooming. Also no killing frost .

John

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Re: Weres the robbing.
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2013, 06:03:26 PM »
Do a Google for "Robbing Screens" or try <http://www.brownsbeefarm.com/robing_screen.html>

 

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