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Second year beek here

We lost all of our bees this winter. yea it was a bummer but we are not going to give up. About a month ago we bought three colonies that came off the almonds. My concern is that these three are much stronger than the packages will be.

We plan on starting the packages using the dead out hives. There is plenty of honey in these hives so my concern is the strong colonies will rob out the newly hived packages. I plan on reducing the entrance to the small setting or make a reducer that would only allow one or two bees to pass.

Is my worry warranted?

Do yo think that if I put a top feeder on the strong colonies it would help prevent the assumed robbing?

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Steve
 

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We lost all of our bees this winter. yea it was a bummer but we are not going to give up. About a month ago we bought three colonies that came off the almonds. My concern is that these three are much stronger than the packages will be.

We plan on starting the packages using the dead out hives. There is plenty of honey in these hives so my concern is the strong colonies will rob out the newly hived packages. I plan on reducing the entrance to the small setting or make a reducer that would only allow one or two bees to pass.

Is my worry warranted?

Do yo think that if I put a top feeder on the strong colonies it would help prevent the assumed robbing?

Thanks

Steve

Either do some splits with some queens or make sure you pour those packages at night (dusk) when the drift will be minimized.
 
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