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The optimal strength of the bee colony and brood area in the Tatran B9 hive for efficient exploitation of the flow

The optimal strength of the bee colony and brood area in the Tatran B9 hive for efficient exploitation of the flow

Vedecke Prace Vyzkumneho Ustavu Vcelarskeho v Dole u Libcic 8: 31-43

A medium-strength colony (2.5-3.0 kg during the weeks preceding the flow) is recommended for this hive in Czechoslovak conditions. Such a colony uses the flow efficiently, is easier and cheaper to feed and handle than a strong colony, swarms less, and is in less danger of suffocating when being moved. Strong colonies, 4.0-4.5 kg, are suitable in a location with a regular flow; a brood area of 100-200 dm2 is optimal.

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