Opening Hives in the dark

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Opening Hives in the dark

Postby Max » Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:56 pm

I had planned on checking to make sure the queen in the package I installed Friday had made it out of her cage Monday. It was way to windy so I postponed that plan. This morning (5am) while out doing chores I looked over at the hive and decided, in my impatient new beekeeper mentality, to see how she was. It was still dark and 48*f, the bees were lethargic and I was able to verify the queen cage was empty and get things closed back up in about a minute. Is what I did ok?


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Re: Opening Hives in the dark

Postby Michael Bush » Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:55 pm

All's well that ends well. I would not open them in the dark unless I have no other options at the time...

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmoving.htm

"If you have never opened a hive in the dark, consider yourself wise or fortunate and don't. The bees are VERY defensive after dark and will attack and cling and crawl on you looking for a way to sting."
"Everything works if you let it"--James "Big Boy" Medlin
http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

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Re: Opening Hives in the dark

Postby Imker Ingo » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:28 pm

And unless you are very foolish or brave, don't use a torch, or find someone else to hold it. :lol:

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Re: Opening Hives in the dark

Postby Michael Bush » Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:03 pm

>And unless you are very foolish or brave, don't use a torch, or find someone else to hold it.

I had to look at your location to decipher... yes. Or use a red one.
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