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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1040 on: July 11, 2024, 06:52:49 pm »
If a hive is so weak that its getting robbed, that hive would never survive winter in my area anyway.  I can't remember the last time I had a colony robbed out.  The best plan is to make sure all colonies are queen right with low mite counts during the summer.  Save the Vicks for a bad cold and keep colonies strong and sized appropriately with routine inspections.  If the risk is greater than the reward you won't have robbing.
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1041 on: July 12, 2024, 08:55:06 am »
>Some beekeepers spread a commercial product such as Vicks VapoRub at the entrance to the colony. This product contains strong-smelling compounds such as camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol that confuse the robber bees.

I have.  Nothing is a perfect solution but this works as well as anything else.  I first thought it was ridiculous, but then I thought about it and it made sense.  I used it on my observation hive a few times mostly because reducing the entrance was difficult and the VapoRub was simpler.

>   Some beekeepers recommend removing the lids from all the hives in the apiary. The theory is that the bees become so busy defending their own hives that they stop robbing other hives. However, if the robber bees are coming from somewhere other than your own apiary, it won?t work. Also, it will do nothing to stop wasps and other predators from entering the hives at will.

I have not had the nerve to try this.  This is a Jim Fischer concept and it makes some sense, but only if the robbing originates in the beeyard and not from bees from somewhere else.
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1042 on: July 12, 2024, 09:27:46 am »
Hive activity is real low now so I guess that the dearth is on. I gather that this is the time to take a mite test as well so I am working on a home made lid for mason jars. I have put syrup back on my swarm hive and will probably add it to my nuc as soon as they are done cleaning up the extracted comb that I have on there now. Is there anything else I should do for them?

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1043 on: July 12, 2024, 10:28:52 am »
Thanks guys/gals I have had MAJOR robbing issues in yards at times. I cut down from 44 hives in a yard to 32, because by the time I got to the end sometimes it was murderous during the dearth. Wet towels is not an option, and I normally let them sort it out. But those 2 options are worth a try.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1044 on: July 12, 2024, 10:38:25 am »
A large wet sheet is useful... a sprinkler, if you have water, is useful.
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1045 on: July 12, 2024, 10:51:43 am »
Yea, no access to water except at home. I use the sheet/ towel method there, but the out-yards are a different situation. You should have seen the day I dumped the pallet of supers full of honey, it was on.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1046 on: July 12, 2024, 10:56:28 am »
Yea, no access to water except at home. I use the sheet/ towel method there, but the out-yards are a different situation. You should have seen the day I dumped the pallet of supers full of honey, it was on.
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1047 on: July 12, 2024, 12:04:54 pm »
I've done the sprinkler thing too.  Just stood there with the hose on shower to make them think it's raining. 
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1048 on: July 12, 2024, 01:56:02 pm »
You need to try narrow tunnel entrances like this.
https://www.thorne.co.uk/health-feeding/pests-diseases/wasps/hyfegate-formerly-hivegate.html
Bees find it much easier to defend a long tunnel than an entrance

Or you can make your own with a 6inch plank of wood, just thick enough to slide in through the entrance, then cut a 6inch tunnel about 2 bees width wide along the plank.
They work a treat.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1049 on: July 12, 2024, 02:36:38 pm »
Interesting, Nigel!  I've never seen anything like that before.  I don't think bee suppliers in the US sell those. 
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #1050 on: Today at 02:27:48 am »
Just made a visual inspection of the hives around the house. All hives active except for two that went into winter struggling. Pleased to see that they are bringing in some pollen and enough nectar to keep them going. About half of the hives went into winter with no stores so I?m pleased that they were able to scrounge a bit of food to keep them alive. Only a few weeks until the first small nectar flow starts. It will give them a good kick along into spring which normally starts about a month earlier than the recognised season.