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  1. #1
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    Apr 2012
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    Andover, Ohio
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    Default Is it bad to leave robber screens on?

    In the winter? Does it hinder their ability to take cleansing flights?
    USDA Zone 5B

  2. #2
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    Palermo, Maine, USA
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    Default Re: Is it bad to leave robber screens on?

    In my area, I think that it is a good idea to reduce the entrance in the winter to keep out cold drafts. I'm not sure a robber screen would do that very well.
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  3. #3
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    Mar 2011
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    Fort Worth, TX, USA
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    Default Re: Is it bad to leave robber screens on?

    I have all my entrances reduced, and a piece of windowscreen that causes bees to have to walk across the landing board or screen from the side to get to the entrance on all my hives. BUT I am in Texas. Robbing is a frequent event especially when there isn't a flow on.
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

  4. #4
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    Jul 2011
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    Hot Springs, Arkansas
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    Default Re: Is it bad to leave robber screens on?

    I tried it, the bees used dead bees to help plug up the large opening at the bottom when it got really cold. I took off the robber screen when I saw this because it can't be good to have tons of dead bees used as insulation on the front of your hive. Glad I caught it when I did and I won't try this robber screen idea again.

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