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Thread: Hi Folks,

  1. #1
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    Default Hi Folks,

    I had a hive years ago. Unfortunately, I starved them to death. Last spring I set up 2 TBHs. One hive died, and the other absconded after about 10 days (I watched them go).
    I've ordered 2 packages for April and hope things work out better this time. I'm reading lots of great info, and I'm glad to have this forum for assistance.
    Best, Nardi

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    Default Re: Hi Folks,

    Welcome to Beesource!

    I'm just curious, did the TBH with the bees that absconded have an open screened bottom? If so, I recommend that you at least temporarily find a way to close that off with a board until the new packages are well established.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Hi Folks,

    Welcome to a great site!

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    Default Re: Hi Folks,

    My hives have solid bottom boards. I think the entrance is too big, and will modify before adding more bees. I may try blocking the entrances for 3 -4 days.

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    Default Re: Hi Folks,

    Nice of you to write something that was most helpful. I could only think of how discouraged someone might become if that happened to them. I hope others have some ideas as to why the bees left.

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    Default Re: Hi Folks,

    Nardi, I think bees might get very excited if they can not find a way to get out and start doing what bees do like finding nectar and pollen. I would hope you would at least leave an opening large enough for a few bees to get out. I leave the openiong small at first to prevent robber bees from getting in without being checked out by the hive bees. You can tell who they are by their flying around and looking the opening over whereas the ones living there just land and get in as fast as possible. Of course this what I think is happening and others may have other ideas.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Hi Folks,

    Welcome Nardi!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Hi Folks,

    Thank you all for the warm welcome.
    I'm looking forward to starting over, and I am alittle confused about how to deal with the entrance size when I install packages into my TBHs.
    I hope someone will advise me about blocking/reducing entrances and for how long.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Hi Folks,

    Nardi, you may find Michael Bush's pages about TBHs useful:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopbarhives.htm#entrance
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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