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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
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    Summerville Ga. USA
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    Default Mini mating nucs being robbed

    I can't seem to keep the robbers out of my nucs. Iv'e been keeping them closed except for night and early morning. But they have virgin queens and they need to mate. I only put a little sugar syrup in them at night but if I leave them open they jump on them. I've lost several queens as a result of this killed them I suppose. I have tried vapor rub around the entrance but they like it too. HELP.... Rube

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand
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    Default Re: Mini mating nucs being robbed

    If it's that bad the only solution may be to move them, or move the hives that are doing it.

    That's going to be a risk to your unmated queens but so is doing nothing.

    Feeding of nucs has to be done with extreme caution.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Bowling Green, Kentucky
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    Default Re: Mini mating nucs being robbed

    you could try making some very small robberscreens for the mini nuc and see if that helps.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Heavener Oklahoma
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    920

    Default Re: Mini mating nucs being robbed

    feed hfcs they dont rob as bad when you feed it also feed all the hives mn and full size hives when you feed

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