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They generally won't accept open feed during a flow. I'm in bama, and mine just starting. Tours should be going strong up north? When they do start taking it, they will get it down fast. I try one per week till they take it. Even light hives here won't touch it if they think the flow is on. Mine are bringing in lots of o pollen right now.
 

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Closed feeding will work on small hive that are weak in stores. As they don't have the forage base to collect adequately collect stores. Robbing will be lessened during a flow, but not entirely eliminated. I'd do all my weak hive now if I could, to let em.grow a bit. After the flow, collect some honey, and feed well for winter.
 

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Is it easier to get them to eat from a closed feeder? The ONLY problem is that they ignore my open feeder.

Here's my idea.
  1. Put a frame of nectar in a box near the hives.
  2. Let robbing start.
  3. Close the box with an escape board.
  4. Move this to the feed spot.
  5. Add a small feeder.
  6. Release robbers.
  7. Let feeding start.
  8. Add all feeders.
They didn't rob or get uneven feed when I open fed 33 lbs/hive last year.
 

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I'd not induce robbing near my hives. I'd in hive feed weak hives, open feed larger ones, only after the flow and harvest. Also, treat for mites asap !!!.
 
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