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    Default Hiving packages indoors

    A while back someone here on beesource commented on hiving packages in a dark shed, red lights, which eliminated drifting problems. Does that ring a bell to anyone?
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    Default Re: Hiving packages indoors

    I think nick noyes talked about it. Could be wrong though
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    Default Re: Hiving packages indoors

    Im thinking of hiving the packages in the evening and through into the night as long as it takes me, using an overhead red spot light,
    has anyone else hived in the moon light?
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    Default Re: Hiving packages indoors

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    Im thinking of hiving the packages in the evening and through into the night as long as it takes me, using an overhead red spot light,
    has anyone else hived in the moon light?
    Yea... I have. Small numbers though... like 20 or so packages. It works well, as long as crawling bees do not bother you too much.
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    Default Re: Hiving packages indoors

    Historically when thousands of packages were hived in Canada, a lot of that work was done in the evening, thru the night and into the wee hours of the day. The longer the bees can spend on comb before flying the less the drifting. I have done a little bit of that kind of work and agree to the crawling bees. They can make the task unpleasant. If bees are hived in warm weather during the day, you will end up with a mess. Lots of drifting, sometimes into tree branches that are 30 feet off the ground, oops. If the weather is poor and bees would not normally fly then day time work is fine.

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    Default Re: Hiving packages indoors

    Ya, if I hive some packages, I usually get them early in April when I can usually count on some coolish hours to hive in, but I plan on getting some next week, and the temps are going to be very pleasant, drifting will be a concern.

    Should be interesting,

    Jean-Marc, how do you handle the queen? Do you drop her in, or do you release her in a day or so later.
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