2505Re: [TopHive] Bees in cluster
- Jun 14, 2012In a message dated 6/14/2012 5:54:37 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
I installed bees into my new TBH over a week ago. All the brood bars have
foundation strips attached, but the bees still remain in a cluster in one
corner of the hive. Any suggestions?
They take time Robbie. Be patient. A week is no time at all for a new
colony. They have to build comb completely with out the foundation commonly
used in Langs. Let them be. Plus the foragers need to orient themselves. One
thing you can do is put an entrance feeder in with sugar water. The nectar
feeds the young bees who produce the wax flakes. And depending on where you
live the regular nectar flow may not be sufficient to feed a new colony.
Patience and supplimental feeding. DO NOT OPEN THE HIVE. The stress at this
point can be very damaging to the new hive!!!!!!
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