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Coming out of winter I have 3 hives that seem real strong, out of a total of 6.

As far as a location, they are placed in a row, skipping each dead out that was removed.

The area is somewhat confined, being in a grassy area with smaller trees.

So this means I would have to place package bees within the area of the established hives...

Will there be a pretty good chance of the new hives getting robbed of the syrup???
 

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From my own exprience and what others have said on this forum, robbing is mainly a problem when there are not other sufficient resources. Coming into spring with a nectar flow, I would expect that robbing isn't a major issue. The difference might be if you use Boardman style feeders where the syrup is easily available to other bees. I use hive top feeders (a jar) and covered by an empty box. I've never had problems.

Another question might be, why buy packages? You could d some splitting and/or combining to make up for lost hives?
 
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