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  1. #1
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    Default Time frame for bees in an OB hive

    Just made a 3 frame OB have and used it on Sat.
    Outside 70-75 degrees, had it in the shade under a canopy.
    I don't want to stress the bees so from those who use the OB hives what would be the time frame for keeping the bees in the hive before you would want to return them?
    They seemed to do fine while in the OB hive but once again I do not want to keep them in there to long.

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    Default Re: Time frame for bees in an OB hive

    Not confined, I keep an observation hive all year around. Confined, I try to limit to letting them fly every night and feeding some pollen and making sure they don't starve. You can do that for a couple of weeks. If they don't get a cleansing flight, a day or two is the most I would do.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesobservationhives.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Time frame for bees in an OB hive

    My main concern were the bees remembering the hive they came from and not having a problem going back in with the queen after being out for a day or so.

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