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  1. #1
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    Default Enterance reducer removal. When?

    I installed by package bee's this past Sunday. How long should I leave the entrance reducer in? A lot of bee's in and out but I can't say if they are crowded or not.


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    Greg

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Enterance reducer removal. When?

    I removed mine on one of my hives today. New hive (new beekeeper) placed on May 1 (six weeks ago). The second hive still has the entrance reducer. Now I don't know anything about this, but after a month, I didn't feel like the colony was strong enough yet. Now, it's growing (at one of my hives) significantly, and I think they are OK with defending the entrance, not to mention fact it was getting a bit of a traffic jam with the reducer on it. I also noticed some bees using back to get in hive, between the bottom screen and hive body. Attempting to attach picture of traffic jam.

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    Default Re: Enterance reducer removal. When?

    about 45 days

    that's when you'll start to have huge population increases

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Enterance reducer removal. When?

    Here is a picture of one of the hives. I don't want to remove it to soon, but then again I don't want to impede production either.

    http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...ps24152192.jpg


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    Greg
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    Default Re: Enterance reducer removal. When?

    That is a pretty small reducer.. does yours have a slightly wider option? or just cut yourself a piece of wood that blocks half of the entrance as a middle step.

    I pulled mine fully today but have 8 frame medium so the space is smaller anyway with no other hives near it.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Enterance reducer removal. When?

    Quote Originally Posted by JakeDatc View Post
    That is a pretty small reducer.. does yours have a slightly wider option? or just cut yourself a piece of wood that blocks half of the entrance as a middle step.

    I pulled mine fully today but have 8 frame medium so the space is smaller anyway with no other hives near it.
    Its about a 3" opening. Also looking at it from the side so it looks even smaller.

    Greg

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    Default Re: Enterance reducer removal. When?

    ah.. then that won't be bad for a little while. let them get established for a bit.

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