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  1. #1
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    Default strange behavior...robbing?

    I went to my yard today to release a queen from a cage in a hive that I have been working with for a while now. This was a fairly week hive with 2 deeps and lots of stores but not much brood since it has been queenless for a while and the frames I added are just hatching. Today I noticed what appeared to be thousands of bees hanging on the hive and swarming all over the entrance. They also seem to be trying ot get inside every little crack they can find and are bunched up all over the hive. I know it is not the bees from that hive as there are not that many bees there but there is a lot of coming and going from the entrance. There were also nearly 100 or so bees on the ground around the hive. I did open the hive and it appears that some of the stores are gone in the top hive but a severe storm was hitting so I had to close it up before checking the bottom box. Is this possiblly robbing taking place and if so am I way too late to save them now that they are robbing so strongly. Any suggestion?

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    Sorry...not enough information (for me). There could be a lot of speculation, but you really need to check the bottom box.
    Curtis

  3. #3
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    Hey sorry, for the lack of info. I plan on doing a deeper inspection as soon as the storm passes and the weather clears. I will report back and hopefully with some pictures as well. Is there anything specific I need to look for?

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    If the hive is weak you need to put on an entrance reducer.

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    Douglasville, GA, USA
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    Default Agree with Dr.Wax

    That was going to bee my suggestion, "Use an entrance reducer ".

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    Default robbing

    close the entrance down to one bee space, 3/8 inch, RIGHT NOW if you want to save this hive. do a search here for "robbing screen" tonight but close up the entrance ,storm or not. good luck,mike
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

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    I've heard about wetting a white sheet and hanging it over the hive for 12-24 hours. And I've heard of a product that you can use to stop robbing, but I don't know what it's called. Michael Bush is always a great source of info. Here is his section on robbing.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesrobbing.htm

    Don't give up on your girls. They are tougher than you think... Good luck!
    Let's BEE friends

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