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  1. #1
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    Mar 2013
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    Easley, SC, USA
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    Default Placing grass in the entrance of the hive.

    When installing a package of bees, is it best to block the entrance to the hive for 24 hours, or to leave the entrance open?

  2. #2
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Placing grass in the entrance of the hive.

    Welcome to Beesource!

    From Michael Bush's page on package installation mistakes:

    Don't close up a newly hived package

    Let them fly and breath and get oriented.


    http://www.bushfarms.com/beespackages.htm
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Placing grass in the entrance of the hive.

    They don't need to be contained to trigger orientation, they are acting like a swarm and will orient as soon as hived.

    An old brood comb, if you have one, is a great boost, but not necessary.

    Once in a great while, a package will abscond, but it's rare and I don't know what you could to to prevent it, if they don't like that nice hive you are providing they don't like it.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Placing grass in the entrance of the hive.

    I have shook hundreds ofpackages into hives and always wanted and needed the entrance open so the many strays and stragglers can gtet in and join a home. If you closed the hives up, where would those hundred or thousands of bees go?

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Placing grass in the entrance of the hive.

    Thanks for the help. I removed the grass and and a few came out and went back in.

  6. #6
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    Dec 2012
    Location
    Pickens County, South Carolina, US
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    Default Re: Placing grass in the entrance of the hive.

    Welcome to the site F.W.! I got to install packages for the first time in Pickens today. I was mentored by the V.P. of the Pickens Bee Assoc. I will be installing 4 of my own next Saturday. It was exciting. I'm pumped! Mine will be north ot Aunt Sue's above Hwy. 11.

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