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I installed bees into my OB Hive
and am using a 3 foot long 1 inch
inside diameter clear hose for them
to access the outdoors.

Its been about 36 hours and they
still have not figured out the
tube to exit outside. Any hints
or suggestions? Is this normal or
is my tube too long? Is a clear
tube confusing them?
 

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Sundance--maybe blow some air into the tube from outside might help your bees hesitance to use the tube.
Possibly wrap a cloth or something around the clear tube to get the bees to run the tunnel to the outside. Once the bees use it for a few days you could remobe the covering. The bees might be confused about the light on the clear tube.
Are the bees entering the tube?
Do you have the glass sides covered with cloth or something to stop the light from the frames and bees?
 

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"Are the bees entering the tube?"

-Yes they are entering the tube to
about a foot and a half. I saw one
yesterday make it to within a foot
of the outside.

"Do you have the glass sides covered with cloth or something to stop the light from the frames and bees?"

-Yes there are shutter doors on
both sides of the glass. I'll try
wrapping the tube and blowing some
air into it.

I see there are 5 corpses in a low
spot in the tube about a foot out or
so.

They have to go "uphill" about 2 feet
or so. Perhaps elevating the hive so it
is all downhill would help??
 

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Maintain patience Sundance. It is just like putting a top entrance into an existing hive, they gotta adjust!
 

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Good news they are starting to use
the tube. Really very cool to have
in the living room. I put a frame
with a cluster of 3 capped queen
cells only to discover I had also
taken the old queen. She was haggered
and old. A new queen emerged last
week.
 

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Seems the clear tubing is still a
bit confusing for the girls. I am
thinking the stuff with woven fabric
in it may be less so.
 

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We put a plexiglas funnel in an existing window for a bee escape in our hot room, so the stragglers in the supers could get out. They had a tough time figuring out how to use it when there was light coming in around it. Once we closed off everything but the funnel itself, it worked great. If you want to watch them coming and going you could cover it for a while, (duct tape?) then gradually take the tape away.
 

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I wrapped it with toilet paper (not
a pretty sight) up to the window. It
did seem to help. The gals are hauling
in pollen and when they return there
is no hesitation on where to go, and
how to get there. They will pass on
the info to the others.

After setting up my firts OB Hive I
see now that it is a neccesity. Can't
wait until the grand kids see it.
 

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"All year round or just for the season?" That's my Q too. I acquired a 1 frame ob hive last year and would love to set it up but should it have more than 1 frame to really leave it set up for any length of time?
Sheri
 

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My understanding is you can winter
them but will defer to those who
have to explain the procedure.

A single frame OB would be a bit
small IMO. It would be fine to
take to the farmers market and
such. Mine I got from a gentleman
selling them on here. It has 2 deeps
and 1 medium frame. Nice unit.
 

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>"All year round or just for the season?" That's my Q too. I acquired a 1 frame ob hive last year and would love to set it up but should it have more than 1 frame to really leave it set up for any length of time?

A one deep frame observation hive will struggle and may or may not survive. It won't make it through the winter. I've never really been able to get one established in a one frame observation hive.
 

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My observation hive is four medium frames with small cell. The bees only use the top three frames and ate the wax off the bottom frame. The bees use the bottom frame to hang on when it get crowded inside (like now) but other than that it is not used.
The tube we have running out of the O H is one and a quarter with mesh inside the plastic tube that we got at Home Depot. The bees got confused when we first set the hive up and wanted to go out to light, the light shone through the top of the tubing. To remedy that problem we ran a strip or two of plastic electrical tape down the length of the tube on top to block the light--that remedied it for us.
The hive wintered over with only three frames in use and still only three frames have wax. At night when all the bees are in the bottom frame is full of bees festooning.
 

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Do you just keep them at room temp
all winter long?? I imagine if you
do then feeding is always an option.
 
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