Went out to the bee yard today to give things a quick check and brush the snow of the entrances.
One colony had the entrance reducer almost falling out. It was only caught on one corner, kind of like a door on a hing with the door being wide open. When installed that bugger I had to tap it into place, I guess it dried out some and now is easy to pull out.
Anyone ever have this happen before? I'm wondering if a mouse did it some how do it? I guess the wind might have gotten a hold of it too, just kind of odd.
The bad news is that the cluster was in the bottom deep and we had a very cold weekend (-20F or better for a few nights) and got to a bunch of the bees. I dug out a least a cup and a half of them out before I reinstalled the reducer. I could hear them buzzing away inside and they had started cleaning up the mess them selves as there were dead bees scatted about. I just hope they're strong enough to make it through the winter now.
Anyway, what do you folks do when you think you might have a mouse? Obviously the only way to tell for sure is to break it down and look but we're not going to have that kind of weather for a while.
Sorry for being so long winded, I've never had something happen like this before.