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Zoot
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« on: October 04, 2006, 09:28:19 PM »

..are one's hives more than normally vulnerable for the near future? Both of mine were hit hard today taking me by surprize. I have had no problems during earlier dearths or when I was feeding in the spring (I was even using  Boardman feeders then).

I have been feeding syrup via 1 gal. pail feeders located inside the hives with a full width opening below the bottom brood boxes. I had also left the small top entrance open on the front of my inner covers - perhaps that was a mistake as the pail feeders are just inside sitting on top of the covers.
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2006, 10:12:03 PM »

I would reduce the bottom entrance and close the top one.
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2006, 11:11:46 PM »

Did that this afternoon. Curious as to whether it should remain that way for the duration of the time that I will continue to feed.
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2006, 11:13:55 PM »

pdmattox,

By the way, ever go swimming in the Itchetucknee river?
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2006, 09:32:34 AM »

I would leave the entrance reducer on till spring and yes we love the Itchetucknee.  The river is about 20 miles or so from the house.   good luck.
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2006, 11:08:31 AM »

Well, we'll see. I still had not re-organized one of the hives (the bigger of the 2) for winter yet and it definitely needs to be done. The queen was in the top-most honey super laying a week ago. I was going to do it yesterday as the weather was hot and still but then the robbing started up. Not real excited about going into a huge, agitated hive (possibly both hives if I decide to shift brood, honey, etc) and embarking on the relatively lengthy process of winterizing with robbing going on.
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2006, 02:58:58 PM »

IMO running a hive with more than 1 entrance is asking for robbing.  Bees usually prefer a top entrance to a bottom one and will often abandon a bottom entrance if an upper one is used.  It is better to do away with any bottom entrance at all when opting for an upper entrance.
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2006, 12:41:05 PM »

Once the robbers know where to find a free lunch they usually come back.
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