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  1. #1
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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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    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

  4. #4
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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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    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.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Placing grass in the entrance of the hive.

    I installed two packages today in Easley. I am a member of the Pickens Bee Assoc. I have one more package to install coming in at the end of this month.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Placing grass in the entrance of the hive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marlow F.W. View Post
    I installed two packages today in Easley. I am a member of the Pickens Bee Assoc. I have one more package to install coming in at the end of this month.
    Were you in the beginner class? My wife and I were. Kevin -. V.P. let me help him yesterday. I had a ball. I can't wait to get my own. He is going to drop by next weekend in case anything goes wrong. He'll be up this way anyway helping another beginner class student. Where are your bees?

    Hank

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

    A lot of the books recommend installing packages in the evening.
    Dan

  10. #10
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    Issaquah,WA,USA
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    Default Re: Placing grass in the entrance of the hive.

    I do it in the evening or screen them in for the day and open it in the evening.

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