View Poll Results: Which option should I go with?

Voters
8. You may not vote on this poll
  • Leave it and replace occasionally.

    0 0%
  • Allow the bees a much larger entrance.

    8 100.00%
  • Seal it up (safely - in some way).

    0 0%
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    136

    Default Am I ready to reduce the reduction?

    I've noticed that now that warmer weather has incited a new level of activity among my bees, and I've kept the entrance reducer down to the lowest setting to promote a more uniform, steady flow of bees in and out and better control of ventilation. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I'm not sure yet as to which), they have noticed that I've been suppressing their traffic flow and are starting to rebel by slowly removing the reducer from its spot at the front of the hive and breaking the propolis seal, most likely to push the entire reducer out, which I don't really want. I suppose at this point I have a few options:

    1. I could allow them to keep pushing it out and repeatedly replace it every time it gets too far out to let bees to crawl out.
    2. I could move it to the next higher setting and allow them a much larger opening, but discourage the slow movement of the reducer itself.
    3. I could somehow seal the crack they're trying to create and reluctantly permamently solve the problem by forcing the reducer to stay put (any safe, simple, not-too-committing ideas?)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Campbell River, BC, CA
    Posts
    558

    Default Re: Am I ready to reduce the reduction?

    I've got one hive that pushed the reducer out when it started to warm up. Obviously they want better access and/ or ventilation. They pushed it right off the landing board onto the grass, and I left it there.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Santa Monica, CA, USA
    Posts
    1,544

    Default Re: Am I ready to reduce the reduction?

    Quote Originally Posted by grozzie2 View Post
    I've got one hive that pushed the reducer out when it started to warm up. Obviously they want better access and/ or ventilation. They pushed it right off the landing board onto the grass, and I left it there.
    Amusing, bees are so smart!
    Серёжа, Sergey

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Palermo, Maine, USA
    Posts
    731

    Default Re: Am I ready to reduce the reduction?

    Quote Originally Posted by grozzie2 View Post
    They pushed it right off the landing board onto the grass, and I left it there.
    Or perhaps you were visited by a skunk?
    Like us on facebook This is the place to bee!
    Ralph

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Garland County, AR
    Posts
    1,076

    Default Re: Am I ready to reduce the reduction?

    I have mine open now to the larger setting but not fully out. They were so clogged that there was a huge pileup at the front door. For a few nights I went back and turned it to the smallest during the night, but now I'm just leaving it on the larger one all the time. I figure with that many bees hauling in pollen, they need all the help they can get.

    Seems like they are trying to tell you something...
    Zone 7b ~ Central Arkansas
    8fr medium equipment

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Hudson, WI USA
    Posts
    2,271

    Default Re: Am I ready to reduce the reduction?

    If your reducer is like mine it is a one inch opening, and then a three inch. If they are getting jammed up they are wasting energy, and so I would say go to the three inch. You won't be hurting anything. Sometimes I use wooden blocks instead of entrance reducers.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Campbell River, BC, CA
    Posts
    558

    Default Re: Am I ready to reduce the reduction?

    Quote Originally Posted by ralittlefield View Post
    Or perhaps you were visited by a skunk?
    There are no skunks on Vancouver Island. It was the first really nice warm sunny day we had in months, and that hive was in direct sun. The reducer was in place when I looked out over my 'wake up coffee' from the back deck. It was in the grass when I walked outside mid afternoon to see if they were bringing anything in.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
    Posts
    46,742

    Default Re: Am I ready to reduce the reduction?

    It might be the bees pushing it out, or it might be some animal pulling it out. But if you feel the need to protect them from robbing, a screen stapled over most of the entrance will be more effective anyway. #8 is best, but old screen door screen will work.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Garland County, AR
    Posts
    1,076

    Default Re: Am I ready to reduce the reduction?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    It might be the bees pushing it out, or it might be some animal pulling it out. But if you feel the need to protect them from robbing, a screen stapled over most of the entrance will be more effective anyway. #8 is best, but old screen door screen will work.
    I loves me that #8 hardware cloth. I have several of them at different lengths for different levels of activity. (Easy for me to do since they are in my back yard.) I have them bent into an < shape and I just stick them into the opening at whatever length I seem to need. Easy to insert; easy to take out and change. I have one that will only let one bee in. And another that is 2 bees wide. Then I take a big jump up to 3/4 of the opening and then about 1/2 the opening. And I've used them all when robbing seems to be setting in. A trick I'm glad I learned! Also great for when it's one of our 110-degree days...better airflow.
    Zone 7b ~ Central Arkansas
    8fr medium equipment

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads