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  1. #1
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    Default a little experiement

    Every once in a while, I see some fighting at my entrances and some very roudy bees being drug out of my hives, It's not a frenzy, so I don't THINK it's robbing unless it's from and unknown hive as all mine are fairly new and yet pretty small and each has feed.... so I decided to color the syrup of each hive differently on the hive top feeders, to see if any of the colors end up in the wrong hive...... LOL I can't wait for my next hive inspection LOL

  2. #2
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    Default Re: a little experiement

    That's ingenious. Good job.

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    Default Re: a little experiement

    ha ha, thanks, but I'm sure it's been done before, who says we can't have a little fun with our bees LOL

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    Default Re: a little experiement

    Subscribed so I can find out.

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    Default Re: a little experiement

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWolf View Post
    Subscribed so I can find out.
    Ha ha thanks, but don't sit on the edge of your seat, I'm stuck in KY for at least a week for work so it will be awhile LOL

  6. #6
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    Default Re: a little experiement

    Well.. I'd say stop by and color my feeders then too, but I only have one.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: a little experiement

    the store sells all sorts of funky neon food coloring Where abouts is Murray located?

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    Default Re: a little experiement

    I'm waaaaaaaaay down at the south west side of the state near the lakes.

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    Default Re: a little experiement

    Another trick is to sprinkle some flour on the bees at the entrance of the hive you think is getting robbed and see where the "ghosts" end up...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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