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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Visalia, California
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    5

    Default Hindsight of a missed opportunity

    I have a hive that was in the middle of an olive orchard at a friends house but there were hundreds of commercial hives around this new hive mine. I was concerned that they would not be able to protect themselves and I did not know the beeks who were up on the hill. I reduced the entrance and went to check the hive after the olive bloom and there was little progress in honey production.

    I think the reducer kept the hive from hitting the bloom with a vengance.
    Missed a great opportunity and now my bees have the area to themselves and we are in a dearth.

    Lesson learned, let them go and be ready to fail at this.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Red Bluff, California USA
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    8

    Default Re: Hindsight of a missed opportunity

    Voice of inexperience speaking, but when flow is on the bees aren't interested in robbing. So next opportunity, let the bees gather! Steve

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Asheville, North Carolina, USA
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    552

    Default Re: Hindsight of a missed opportunity

    What did you have it reduced to? Never been a problem for me if I forget and leave them in, but I didn't have them down to the smallest space either. Maybe something else going on.

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