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  1. #1
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    Default Is this robbing?

    So it is not the best video in the world but is this robbing, or just a busy hive.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR4FQQf3P94

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Is this robbing?

    It looks like you have young bees doing orientation flights not robbing.
    Marty

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    Default Re: Is this robbing?

    I don't have the most experience, and the video is not ideal, as you mentioned...

    I have seen my hives look like that and it is NOT robbing.

    I have become convinced that my weakest hive is being robbed. How? A lot more traffic than normal. Bees coming into the landing area, in a circular, buzzing, pattern. Bees in the limited opening, fighting with each other.

    So, again, based on my newbie experience, what I would suggest is limiting the opening of your hive to something much smaller, and then observe for these things that I have mentioned.

    I think Michael Bush has said that a good way to being able to tell if your hive is being robbed is to put up a robber screen, and see if robbers arrive and are trying to get in.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Is this robbing?

    Looks very much like an orientation flight to me.
    Cindy
    Don't be afraid your life will end. Be afraid that it will never begin.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Is this robbing?

    Thanks, there was just way more bees in front of this one than my other hive. Glad to see so many new bees

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