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  1. #1
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    Default Robbing problem

    I have two hives, both are getting robbed right now. I tried closing them up for a day, that worked but two days later they are getting robbed again. They are both being fed from frame top feeders from Mann Lake.

    I bought two "robbing screens" from Brushy Mountain hoping this would stop the problem. I installed the screens yesterday, closed the bottom entrances and opened the top. The bees seemed confused like they couldn't figure out how to get in. A few were getting out/in the top entrance.

    I revisited them today and what I saw was a bit concerning. The robbing is still going on (there are bees fighting in the air. Bees are crawling all over the hives, front back and sides. they are fighting on the ground) There were hundreds of bees on the front screen trying to figure out how to get in. My first thought was that they were robbers, but half of them have legs full of pollen. From what I have read the robbers do not carry pollen.

    I'm not really sure what to do. Do the pollen carriers not know how to get in? Should I remove the screens?

    Thanks for any help!

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    Default Re: Robbing problem

    close off ALL entrances for 24 hrs,, then open one about 1/2 inch,, see what happens

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    Default Re: Robbing problem

    always install robber screens when everyone is in the hive for the night. If you place it on the hive in the day when it's being robbed, the robbers will know how to get back in!

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    Default Re: Robbing problem

    Quote Originally Posted by tefer2 View Post
    always install robber screens when everyone is in the hive for the night. If you place it on the hive in the day when it's being robbed, the robbers will know how to get back in!
    Oops! Guess I need to go take them off for a few days

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    Default Re: Robbing problem

    Quote Originally Posted by bosco500 View Post
    Oops! Guess I need to go take them off for a few days
    I would take the feed away for a few days also...

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