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  1. #1
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    Default Finally, but timing isn't the best

    As many of you know in my many bouts of wailing and crying over a weak hive started this year, I finally saw a queen and eggs in this hive two days ago. Much cheering to be had; they had killed 3 prior queens before I gave up and let them raise their own. Out of a single deep, the hive has only drawn out 5-6 frames. However, the new queen is going to town laying. Feeding 1:1 on a top hive feeder to help it along. May possible be able to save this hive after all.

    The problem. My brother had to move suddenly and brought 2 very strong hives over to my bee yard while he gets thing sorted out. One of these hives is right next to this weak hive and is "hotter" than any of my hives. Give that I am in a suburban environment requiring a 6 ft fence around the hives, it's a small space for 4 hives. These hives are all Italians started this year. Any trick on how to feed this weak hive without it getting robbed out? To tell the truth, I'm afraid just popping it open to check it is going to advertise a "free food here" mentality with the other 3 hives so close by. Got the entrance reducer in, but I'd like to keep tabs on this weak hive to keep babying it along.

    Used enough smoke last time that even my next door neighbor was wondering what I was BBQing. Need to keep adding pollen patties and feed to the weak hive to bring it up to speed. How can I open it without getting the strong hives worked up about it?

    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Halfway, Oregon, USA
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    Default Re: Finally, but timing isn't the best

    Are you in a dearth? You would probably be OK, unless you're as slow at going through your hives as I am.

    I don't seem to have a problem with my strong hives going after my single deep nucs when I'm opening them. You should definitely feed from overhead if you're gonna do it. Put the feeder in over a hole in the inner cover, then a super or deep around that with a tight outer cover.

    Or a frame feeder.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Finally, but timing isn't the best

    Still new o the dearth and timing. Suburbia makes things hard to tell. Is putting on a robbing screen as a preventive measure too much? Or should I wait until I see a problem? Screened over top hive feeder so can get to it from above

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Finally, but timing isn't the best

    Absolutely put on a robber screen as a preventative
    Consider going to quart jars directly on the top bars as feeders they can be replaced easily and refilled/cleaned in the house . One only needs to use a bee frame nail and pop a couple dozen holes in the lid and you have a drown proof and leak proof feeder
    I'd continue to smoke all the hives before I opened the weak one. Yes that will set them back but your main concern at this stage is survival of the weak hive
    Good Luck, Mike
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Finally, but timing isn't the best

    Agree with above... robbing screen is not too much, can't hurt. By time you HAVE a problem it's too late.

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