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  1. #1
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    I have a split that is only about 4 frames of bees and brood. Since our flow is over and they really don't have any stores, I put a frame feeder of 1:1 sugar water in.

    There must have been robber bees in the hive when I put the feeder in, because in about an hour robbing was in full force. The robbers weren't coming from my other hives, but were heading south.

    I put on a robber screen. I thought that I would take the screen off in the evening to let the robber bees go home. I must have got there too late because when I went to take the screen off, no bees left, so I put it back on.

    It seems to take the bees in the hive a few days to figure out where the exit hole is. A lot of bees looked like they wanted out, but I let them learn where the opening was.

    After a few days, I opened the hive and was surprised how many bees were in there. It didn't look like robbing was going on anymore. It got me wondering whether a bunch of robber bees decided to just stay and make my hive their home.

    Let's say I put out a hive with a queen and a couple of frames of bees with a feeder on it and let robbing start in earnest. Then after a few thousand robber bees (from my neighbors hives) are in there, I block off the entrance with a robber screen. I wonder if the robbers would stay after a few days or whether field bees always go home.
    Bruce

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    I did about the same thing, but I moved them more than 5 miles so they couldn't go home. They stayed and made the hive stronger. It's been 2 weeks now and they are doing fine.

  3. #3
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    Ain't that bee rustlin'? Round here we lench bee rustlers...

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    Only if you get caught. Nobody ever been lenched but what got caught.

  5. #5
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    Cool

    Iddee, inspect the bees carefully. If you see any little bee brands on the bee's butts, better head for the hills.

  6. #6
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    I'm calling out the bee possie to come round all you low-life bee rustlers up and have a good lynching [img]smile.gif[/img] .


    peggjam
    "I reject your reality, and substitute my own." Adam Savage

  7. #7
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    I don't really want my neighbors bees, and usually robber bees are my own, but I was curious if the extra bees used to be robbers that couldn't find their way back out and just decided to stay.
    Bruce

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    Sound to me like they got what they had coming to them. The robbers have now been incarcerated and rehabilitated to lead truly productive lives.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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    >Sound to me like they got what they had coming to them. The robbers have now been incarcerated and rehabilitated to lead truly productive lives.

    Yep. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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