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    I have now twice found a stool dropping from some animal - 1 inch diameter about 3 inches long. Very light in weight and full of bee bodies. No scratching marks on entryways. All boxes about 8 - 12 inches off the ground. Any ideas.

    Eric

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    1 inch diameter? A half inch or less could be a toad. How big are your toads?
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    Just a wild guess--skunks or raccoons feasting on booted drones, or discarded bodies?
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    I've seen them too...and at least one skunk in the area.

    The coons are more interested in demolishing as much corn as they can.

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    I did some internet research and determined it was skunk scat. I am going to make pincushions for their toes. Will drive 2 inch nails through plywood with 1 inchh spacing and turn sharp side up in front of the hive. That ought to keep them away.

    Eric

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    Or close up the bottom enrances and open up the tops. That's how I dealt with the skunks.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm#topentrance
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopentrance.htm

    Or put out an aspriegg. Mix three crushed asprins in a raw egg.
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    Skunk visits tend to pick up at this time due to the increase in dead honeybees being thrown out in front of the hives. I’m willing to bet the skunks are mostly eating these freshly dead bees. This can occasionally be a hint that the colony may be experiencing a high rate of attrition, and may warrant further inspection in order to gauge the health of the colony.

    No need for 2 inch nails, a simple carpet tac strip will work just fine.

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    --put out an aspriegg. Mix three crushed asprins in a raw egg.

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    <a simple carpet tac strip will work just fine.>

    On the landing board or in front of the hive?

    And what does an aspriegg do to the skunk? Or is this just a bit of humor?

    Thanks for the advice all.

    Eric

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    I've put them on the landing board, points slanted toward the hive. Leave a gap at each end for water to drain around.

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    >And what does an aspriegg do to the skunk?

    It kills the skunk that eats it. Of course if there is one skunk there is probablya family of skunks, so you may have to repeat it a few times. I prefer to just rearrange the hive (top entrances) so I don't have to worry about the skunks. It's easier than trying to kill them all the time.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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