well it was a almost a week ago I started the conversion from the DE hive to a standard hive with a SBB. This morning I took out the tray for the first time to check for mites. Only found 4. Happy about that. But what I did see really has me concerned. There appears to hundreds of bee legs amonst the pollen patties etc that have fallen through.
Its pretty cool here now and I don't want to tear the hive down to see what is on the screen but I am afraid I might find lots of bee bodies. Is there ever a situation where they loose legs ( besides after they die) Could this be from babies that I killed be letting them get chilled that afternoon it did the conversion and the temps fell suddenly ???
There are only a half dozen dead bees on the ground near the landing board.
Otherwise they seem happy. Feeding on the pollen batties on the top, corn syrup, bringing some nectar and pollen, and cleaning out the old stores from the old DE frames that I put outside the hive on a cookie sheet. They're not aggressrive.
How do you make crutches for bees ?
[size="1"][ April 16, 2006, 01:55 PM: Message edited by: brent.roberts ][/size]
"hobby farm" is an oxymoron