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Block all holes when new bees come?

 
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GRMercier
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:06 pm    Post subject: Block all holes when new bees come? Reply with quote

I built my first top bar hive with a three hole entrance. A friend who has Langstroth hives told me to totally block all three holes when introducing the new bees. Everything I can find elsewhere seems to imply that only 2 get blocked and the one stays open, serving as a way for the rest of the bees left in the package to find their way to the rest of the hive, and other reasons I'm sure. Would someone please clarify this for me? Thanks.
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Robert
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hang the Queen cage and get as many of the bees in the hive as possible. I set the package near the entrance, leaving one hole open, and the bees find their way in. That night I put a peice of hardware cloth (screen) over the open hole. I leave the bees enclosed for 24-48 hours, with syrup in the hive, then I remove the screen. Since I have started doing it this way I have not had any abscond. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:27 pm    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice Robert.
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