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Are the bees bearding ?
« on: May 11, 2017, 06:37:26 pm »
Out of town and wifey sent this pic of a nuc installed 2nd weekend in April.  2 ten deeps and a medium super. Entrance at 3/8 , are they getting to hot ?


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Re: Are the bees bearding ?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 06:40:40 pm »
Mikey, I have had my entrance reducers off for the last week or two. Open that up and let them cool it down.
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Re: Are the bees bearding ?
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 06:48:49 pm »
I have a 1" hole drilled in supers with a closure that can be turned to open , should I send wifey out to open vent in super?

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Re: Are the bees bearding ?
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 06:54:18 pm »
Mikey, in my opinion I would remove the reducer entirely. Way up here we are at temps down to 40 F and only up to 55 F during the days and I have my hives wide open!
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Re: Are the bees bearding ?
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 07:10:14 pm »
Mikey, in my opinion I would remove the reducer entirely. Way up here we are at temps down to 40 F and only up to 55 F during the days and I have my hives wide open!
I guess I should take the same advice.

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Re: Are the bees bearding ?
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 10:27:16 pm »
yes2matt, what is your location? With that many boxes on your hive (if they are needed) why would you have a reducer on?
If you have that many bees in there the reducer would be impeding them from working.
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Re: Are the bees bearding ?
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 11:01:57 pm »
mikey,
i'm with perry, get rid of the e/r............that's probably why they are bearding.

yes2matt.........hmmm, i don't know what you have going on there with all the boxes on but again i am thinking the same as perry.....

"what is your location? With that many boxes on your hive (if they are needed) why would you have a reducer on?
If you have that many bees in there the reducer would be impeding them from working"


also a question yes2matt, how are you posting your pix here?
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Re: Are the bees bearding ?
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2017, 07:38:18 am »
mikey,
i'm with perry, get rid of the e/r............that's probably why they are bearding.

yes2matt.........hmmm, i don't know what you have going on there with all the boxes on but again i am thinking the same as perry.....

"what is your location? With that many boxes on your hive (if they are needed) why would you have a reducer on?
If you have that many bees in there the reducer would be impeding them from working"


also a question yes2matt, how are you posting your pix here?
The ER is beeglued in there pretty good, and I don't like to get stung so much as to pry it out. And when I watch them, they seem not to be much impeded. They asked me for a landing board tho, I said maybe for mothers day.   I'm in Charlotte NC

I use an app Tapatalk and it's super easy to put in a pic.

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Re: Are the bees bearding ?
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2017, 10:33:43 pm »
thanks yes2matt for your reply.....

just a comment and only my thought, use a smoker, wear a veil and get after the beeglued e/r and pop it out..... 8)

landing boards.......i like and use them!
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Re: Are the bees bearding ?
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2017, 05:35:35 pm »
What did you decide to do mikey? I am just curious.
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Re: Are the bees bearding ?
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2017, 07:03:00 pm »
Removed er's and all was well.