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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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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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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.
 

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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.

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