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checked my TBH hive yesterday. they were very aggressive. hive was full of bees and brood. found bout 5 queen cells and the queen. took 4 frames and the queen and put them in another hive. also took 1 frame with a queen cell and put in my queenless hive. the hive I took the queen from is very active. the split is not very active at all. frames are full of bees. should I swap hive locations? thanks for the help:)
 

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they look to be a lot more active now. I also put a baggie feeder on the bottom board
 

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now they are getting robbed. I now have the entrance reduced from 3 holes to 1. should have done that in the first place. should I move this hive to another yard till they get on their feet, er wings??
 

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I am perhaps as new (or newer!) to this than you are, but willing to take a stab ... with clarification; IF by "the split is not very active" what you're referring to is the hive that you put the queen and 4 frames in, that's not a lot of bees to show activity. Perhaps you can 'shake' (or brush) a frame or two of bees into that hive from the hive you took the queen from?

Another tactic that I've read about here is swapping the more active hive with the split (in terms of location), so that some of the returning foragers will populate the weaker hive (PLUS add stores!) ... just a thought, nothing to rush out and 'take to the bank' (or the hive :lookout: LOL)

PS, for some great input/information on beekeeping in general and TBH keeping especially, check out Michael Bush's website http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm ...

Peace,
Joseph
 

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Michael Bush has some pretty inventive alternatives to feeding bees that minimize (and even eliminate) robbing for what that's worth.

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Joseph
 

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The intitial probelm was from drifting from the split. You need to make allowances by either shaking in extra bees or moving both to an equal distance and facint the old location.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm

Sometimes I get the impression that people who say "feeding can't hurt" have never actually fed bees... it often hurts. It sets off robbing, it drowns bees, it upsets the microbe balance in the hive, it can cause a weak hive to swarm if they take it fast enough and backfill the brood nest.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm

Obviously in this case it did not help. Robbing has to be controled immediately. Close the hive off completely until the robbers leave. Reduce the entrance to one or two bees arcross (3/8 by 3/8) with the rest screened off. A robber screen is even better. Use duct tape to close any other openings, cracks etc.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesrobbing.htm
 
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