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  1. #1
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    Well last week i went out to check on my bees since it has been very good weather where i live. But one of my hives seemed odd. They didnt react very well the smoke, like had slow reaction time to it. And they seemed rather lazy. I shook a frame of bees off and then i really made them angery and had about 10 bees spin around my head and knock into me. What could it be? they have great honey income, and mite levels are low.

  2. #2
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    Was it cold out? At 40 or 50 F they can be a bit slow.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    It was like 65-70, so that might of been the problem.

  4. #4
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    They really shouldn't be slow at 65, but they are sometimes at 45 or 50 if the sun isn't out. Maybe they're just having a laid back day. Try them again on a warm sunny day and see how they compare.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    When I have one hive that acts "weird",
    I start looking for eggs and larvae
    and (if possible) the queen.

    Betcha a nickel you find a queenless hive,
    or a hive with an old queen in need of being
    replaced. The difference between it and
    adjacent hives seems extreme, and when I
    see something "different", I tend to find
    a queen problem.

    Just a guess, from the opposite end of the
    continent...

  6. #6
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    I just got back from checking them, it was warmer and sunnier and they seemed more responsive. I dont know what the problem was, they needed to be requeened, and it was a little cold out. Who knows, it could be one or both of those problems. Thanks for the help.

  7. #7
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    Mabey a slight pesticide poisioning. Where there many dead bees infount of the hive?
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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