installed a queen in a split 2 days ago, feeding 1 to 1 ratio syrup, i have the entrance reduced down to about 4 inches, not much activity from hive until
i just checked it, alot of bees are swarming around the entrance, are they trying to rob
I'd probably stop down the entrance some more put the feeder on one side and the entrance on the other. Maybe use a robber screen. Entrance feeders are prone to robbing. If there aren't a lot of field bees in the hive and there's alot of emerging or about to emerge brood, I'd probably feed. If they have field bees and some stores and there's a flow on, you might not have to feed. It probably can't hurt if you can keep them from being robbed.
Take the tops off of the larger hives for awhile,they'll be too busy guarding their own homes to rob too much.I have not had much luck with the robber screens,try to reduce the entrance down to it's smallest size.
If all else fails feed the other hives.
Good luck hope something works for you.
Thanks iddee, but I don't have a feeder on. I put in two frames of honey from a hive that went queenless over the winter. Oddly enough, it never caused robbing sitting there, I put its honey frames in with a swarm, boom, robbing starts!
I put the swarm into two mediums, I'm wondering if I should move it all into one medium.
Pugs, are you sure that they are robbing? I never have a problem with robbing around here until after the middle of July. Right now I have a boardman feeder on a split (for times like the weather we are having). This is a few feet from 4 large hives. No robbing, they use about a quart a week.
I had my honey supers (still a few frames of uncapped honey from last year) airing out for a couple of days 50 feet from 5 hives with no activity. When it is nice enough to fly, they have lots of stuff to visit right now.
Are they fighting at the entrance or is it just busy?
Look for signs of robbing. Hovering can be a traffic jam, an orientation flight or robbing. Wrestling on the landing board is good evidence of robbing. "Greasey" looking bees is good evidence of robbing. Bees that can't seem to find their way into the hive is good eveidence of robbing.
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