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lily316(z5PA)May 2, 2012

We have been keeping a backyard beehive for over 25 years. While most survive over winter , the last two years were bad. One year frigid temps and they died in March with not enough bees to heat the hive. Last year they were alive in November and died in Dec of what we don't know .

So new bees arrived Monday from Kentucky. It was 80 yesterday and they were out and about. My question is my husband has an entrance excluder on and I think if should come off as they crowd thru on small opening. He says it's to prevent robber bees and keeps the hive safe. Who's right and when does the excluder strip come off?

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I think your'e talking about entrance reducer,..wooden strip with a slot. Your husband is right, only take it away when you have lots of bee traffic,...population going up.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 10:41PM
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iammarcus(6)

I have the same concerns, I bought 2 5 frame nucs in April and wonder when the hive will be strong enough to remove the reducer.
Dan

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 8:31AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

When you see, bees have a hard time get in and out,..bees piling up at the entrance at high flow.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 7:33PM
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