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  1. #1
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    Default New Nuc next to established colony - When to open entrance reducer?

    I've got a new nuc in a 10 frame deep next to a second year colony that is booming right now. When I installed the nuc in the deep I put the reducer on the smallest opening. Everyone seems to be getting along just fine over the past week. Both colonies have internal bucket feeders over the inner cover. Also I have both inner covers with the notch down providing an upper entrance. How long should I wait to open up the entrance reducer on the nuc?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: New Nuc next to established colony - When to open entrance reducer?

    How big is the entrance? I like 3/8" vertical clearance, I never really reduce them. I put a new nuc next to one of my big hives, never noticed any issues, but I've never really seen any robbing going on, I guess we get good enough flows to keep the girls occupied.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: New Nuc next to established colony - When to open entrance reducer?

    It's the horizontal clearance I'm wondering about.

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    Default Re: New Nuc next to established colony - When to open entrance reducer?

    Well, small vertical clearance helps. Reducing entrances down during the heat doesn't allow for much ventilation either. A nuc is already reduced, so if your vertical clearance only allows for a single bee to pass through vertically, it helps make the entrance that much easier to defend.

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