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  1. #1
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    Default Removing the entrance reducer...Its glued in there tight!!!

    Hey Ya'll,

    I was planning on removing the entrance reducer without removing the bottom brood box but the thing in glued in there tight!!! I'm sure eventually I'll figure something out but short of taking the whole hive apart is there any technique to getting the thing out?

    I'm a new beekeeper so forgive me if I sound totally clueless.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Removing the entrance reducer...Its glued in there tight!!!

    Break the propolis bond by using your hive tool and slightly tip the hive back and grab the reducer.

    Or, knock the reducer into the hive from one end and you will be able to grab the part that sticks out.

    JUST DO IT!!
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Removing the entrance reducer...Its glued in there tight!!!

    put a screw in it so you have something to pull on.
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    Default Re: Removing the entrance reducer...Its glued in there tight!!!

    Use the hook end o f your hive tool and get it through the entrance to help yo pull it out.
    This is the reason to not put it all the way in, you just need to get the edge slightly in and it still works fine at reducing. Then if they do propoliize it in you can typically get a knife blade and run it along the edge where it meets the bottom of the lower box then stab the reducer with the knife point and pull it out.
    Obviously if you do this you turn it so the reducer you aren't using is facing out.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Removing the entrance reducer...Its glued in there tight!!!

    Thats why I build my entrance reducers to extend past the sides of the hive bodies, I can just take a hammer and whack it out then flip it to what ever size and put it back!!
    Coyote Creek Bees

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Removing the entrance reducer...Its glued in there tight!!!

    I agree with the "knocking one side in" approach. That's usually what happens when you attempt any other technique ... so just save time, and Just Do It!


    Having a hive tool with a hooked end will often allow you to pull a reducer out.
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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