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i got 2 nucs in early may. 1 hive has always done better than the other. shb has been somewhat of a problem, but i put bottom screens w/ pans on them. now the stronger seems to be robbing the other. it occurs between 4 and 6 pm. the weaker has a cloud of bees in what i would call the robber flight in front of their hive. the stronger is business as usual. am i looking at this wrong? if not what do i do and which do i move?
 

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Robber bees don't rob between 4 and 6. They rob between dawn and dark. Between 4 and 6 you will see orientation flights. New bees learning where their hive is.
 

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Robber bees don't rob between 4 and 6. They rob between dawn and dark. Between 4 and 6 you will see orientation flights. New bees learning where their hive is.
bingo,and the "dawn to dark" gave me a laugh. :lpf:
 

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When reducing an entrance for robbers, think of the 300 Spartans at Thermopolyae. Make it so small that numbers don't matter. Basically a 3/8" by 3/8" opening. Screen the rest, to confuse the robbers as they can smell but can't get in... We aren't talking about a third of the opening (which is what... 3/4" by 5"?) I'm talking about 3/8" by 3/8". That is a difference of 4 1/2 square inches verses 0.14 square inches.
 

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ok gentlemen, it was exactly like that. an orientation flight. thanks for the info. if you dont ask you dont know but you still feel foolish again thanks.
 
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