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  1. #1
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    Hi- a neighbor of mine opened one of his hives and found a weird puddle of goo on his bottom board. He said that the puddle was about 3 inches in diameter and the material looked like the whitish glaze off a donut. Any ideas of what it was or what caused it?

    He said that the hive appears weak with only a small number of bees clustered together.

    Thanks for any insights you can offer me that I can share with my neighbor. He only has two hives and would like to not lose this one if he can figure out what is happening.
    don<br /><a href=\"http://www.spokaneclassifiedsonline.com\" target=\"_blank\">www.spokaneclassifiedsonline.com </a>

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    Sounds like crystallized honey. Did he taste it? Smell it? What was the consistency of it? Was it clear or white? Has he been feeding thick syrup?

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    I went through half of my hives last Sunday and found the same thing. Except I know what it is. I feed HFCS, when I was stirring it in the top feeder I sloshed some into the hive that dripped down to the tray under the SBB.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
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    I have sometimes found a slimy substance I assume was some kind of fungus on the bottom board of a hive that needed more ventilation.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I have found that a grease patty will "weep" puddles. I replace the patty.

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    "Hi- a neighbor of mine opened one of his hives and found a weird puddle of goo on his bottom board."
    "Sounds like crystallized honey. Did he taste it? "

    I think I've got a ways to go toward being a bee keeper if that means being willing to stick any ooze I found at the bottom of my hive in my mouth for identification purposes.
    http://www.voiceofthehive.com - Tales of Beekeeping and Honeybees

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    "Did he taste it?"
    I would have put a smiley face at the end of that one but I can't figure out how to work this machine. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    You know the old joke, "Looks like it, smells like it, tastes like it. Glad I didn't step in it."
    "A weird puddle of goo" doesn't give us much to go on to try to help identify it.

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    No, he didn't taste it. Would you?

    The only additional description he gave me was that the 3" diameter puddle looked like the sugar glaze topping on a donut. He said it was a bit runnier than honey, but similiar in consistency.
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    Hi Don, No thanks, not unless it's crystallized honey. You can tell that by the texture (it's grainy) and smell (like honey).

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    It is honey, I found the same thing.It looks like glazing from a donut. I was smart enough to smell it before I tried it. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    "To bee or not to bee"

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    Thanks. Yep, he did say it looked just like donut glazing.
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