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  1. J

    Bait hive: scouts or robbing?

    Anyway, don't mind them taking what's left of the honey. What does puzzle me is why do they clean out a hive that is not theirs. Shouldn't removing dead brood be limited to their own hive? PS: Couldn't find any lemongrass oil at the time, otherwise it would have been the obvious choice.
  2. J

    Bait hive: scouts or robbing?

    RAB, the OP is very well aware of the distance rules. Like most things in beekeeping there are lots of old wive's tales and half knowledge about, as you suggested. My hives aren't the newest, poshest and most expensive pieces of equipment hence you do get the odd gap here and there through which...
  3. J

    Bait hive: scouts or robbing?

    All dead unfotunately. With the bees the temperature controlled environnment disappeared as well. Loads of capped brood cells after 4+ weeks. Shame really...
  4. J

    Bait hive: scouts or robbing?

    Box is empty at night, so won't be hatched brood. I thought citronella has the opposite effect on bees.They don't seem to mind it anyway... Must be robbing then. I was suprised when I saw them cleaning out dead brood.
  5. J

    Bait hive: scouts or robbing?

    Hi all, about 4 weeks ago I tried to split a colony that lives under my roof at home. They have been there for years and I'm quite happy to leave them but wanted some in a hive as well for honey production. Got about 4 small frames of brood in all stages, a good number of nurse bees and some...
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