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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Selecting and using pollen traps

    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/464/
    Has anybody used these before? If so, how did they work?

  2. #22
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    Thumbs down Re: Selecting and using pollen traps

    Monday, may 10, 2010

    I removed the two Sundance 11 pollen traps because my best hive died from suffocation and it has a full screened bottom board!
    FYI: Robber bees were able to remove honey from the supers!
    The other hive has a new queen and it needs to build up it's population.
    Regards,
    Ernie
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

  3. #23
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    Manhattan,Montana,USA
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    Default Re: Selecting and using pollen traps

    Demo spec,
    I currently have two of those from brushy mountain on my hives. It has been cold and rainy here but they have been collecting some pollen. They are kind of cheap made but are working ok. I would give them a 6 out of ten.

  4. #24
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    Arlington, TX, USA
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    Default Re: Selecting and using pollen traps

    BEES4U,
    The hives you have the top sundance II's on, did those start out with top entrances, or bottom entrances?

    All of my hives (not counting nucs) run on top entrances and I wonder if that will help with adoption.
    Doug Knoodle
    Professional web developer/designer. If you need something done let me know.

  5. #25
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    Re: Selecting and using pollen traps

    Doug,

    The hives were started off with solid bottoms and I added screened bottoms.
    The SBB elimiated the lower entrance. I nailed three bee way space cleats to a 3/4" X 16 1/4" X 21 1/2" piece of plywood. The cover was placed on the top so that the bees could orientate to their new top entrance. I let the bees settle down for seven days and then replaced the plywood cover with the pollen trap.

    Ernie
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

  6. #26
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    Manhattan,Montana,USA
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    Default Re: Selecting and using pollen traps

    on my cheapo plastic pollen traps i have gotten about a full cup of pollen even in some poor foraging conditions. i have gotten used to using it and my bees are getting used to it also. they do not work good on upper entrances ( which is where mine was mounted) I have moved mine to a bottom entrance and am letting a hive get used to it before i shut the door and collect pollen. i am liking these cheep ones better all the time though.

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