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  1. #1
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    Question To bee or not to bee....

    has been quoted too many times, but in this case, this IS the question!

    I've had a nightmare situation with robbing over the last couple of months and lost 3 out of my six hives to this. There has been a pretty severe drought up here and I think this is what is making for this relentless robbing. Please see my previous post and discussion on this:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=244418

    My question is this: I have the opportunity to obtain some excellent bees from "The Fat Bee Man", Don Kuchenmeister, and I'm very fearful that if I bring these nucs into my yard, I will loose them to my three stong bandit hives (which I would not be surprised to see robbing each other when I return next week!). I'm tempted just to wait until next year to build up what I lost.

    Short of moving my present hives somewhere else, or putting my nucs in another location, I'd be very grateful for you thoughts and suggestions on this.

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    Default Re: To bee or not to bee....

    If it's that bad, you might have to move some of them somewhere else.
    Having said that, even quite small and weak nucs can defend themselves if they have a TINY entrance, in the right place. The entrance must be where the bees are so the entrance will always be guarded.
    For small mating nucs we used to drill a hole through the box, as a bottom entrance could be left unguarded and allow robbing to start. Just make sure the entrance matches what the bees can handle.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: To bee or not to bee....

    When/if you get nucs from Don you will need to feed them. Your robbing situation isn't going to be made easier when you start pouring sugar syrup into feeders on top of some very expensive nucs.
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: To bee or not to bee....

    are you using robber screens?

    If you get new strong nucs, they will be able to defend themselves, particularly if you use robber screens and are careful not to leave them vulnerable or start robbing when you transfer them.

    If it were me, I'd get the Don nucs and put them in a new yard.
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

  5. #5
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    Default Re: To bee or not to bee....

    Quote Originally Posted by Maine_Beekeeper View Post
    If it were me, I'd get the Don nucs and put them in a new yard.
    I hear that! That's my plan. Put them all a few miles away and give them a chance to build up!

    Since I have TBHs I can't use robber screens. I just have to reduce the size of the entrance hole. Been there, done that. Helped a little. Three starved out and dead colonies and a broken heart....

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    Default Re: To bee or not to bee....

    Do you need to cut down the comb to fit it into your TBH?
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

  7. #7
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    Default Re: To bee or not to bee....

    Yeah. Cutting down the comb as shown in the video link is my plan.

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