Very time sensitive help needed
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  1. #1
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    Default Very time sensitive help needed

    I brought two nucs home last night. By the time I got them here it was nearly full dark and too late to install them into the hives. The weather is supposed to be stormy later today and most of tomorrow. Should I try to install them around first light this morning, before orientation flights begin or wait?the bad weather won't be here until this afternoon.

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    Default Re: Very time sensitive help needed

    daylight install for sure good luck with them

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    Default Re: Very time sensitive help needed

    Aye, install them first thing in the morning
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    Default Re: Very time sensitive help needed

    It's done. But I think I have a problem. I'll start a new thread.

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    Default Re: Very time sensitive help needed

    When I sell nucs, I tell the purchasers to place the nuc where you intend to put your hive. Let them work there a day or 2 before you put them into the new box. Lets them orient to the spot, and can be installed while foragers are out.

    When you just open them up and install them, it seems that it takes longer for the cloud of bees to figure stuff out. With multiple hives around, I think waiting reduces drift as well.
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    Default Re: Very time sensitive help needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Bdfarmer555 View Post
    When I sell nucs, I tell the purchasers to place the nuc where you intend to put your hive. Let them work there a day or 2 before you put them into the new box. Lets them orient to the spot, and can be installed while foragers are out.

    When you just open them up and install them, it seems that it takes longer for the cloud of bees to figure stuff out. With multiple hives around, I think waiting reduces drift as well.
    Agree with this 100%. Won't hurt them to stay in the 5-frame box (or whatever your nuc is) for a few days in that spot while they get used to their new surroundings, before you put them in their new digs.
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