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Thread: Washboarding

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Alexandria, MN

    Default Washboarding

    So I recently performed a cutdown split on my TBH. The new queen hatched a couple of week ago and ever since they have been washboarding. As long as the weather is decent enough to be on the front porch they sit out there going up and down. I know that the real reason for washboarding is unknown, but has anybody ever experienced it with these circumstances (new virgin queen)? Neither of my other 3 home hives are doing it. I just thought it was interesting and wanted to see if there was a particular circumstance where others have noted it.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Orange county, Texas

    Default Re: Washboarding

    My hives were started in feb this vear via a split ,i have 2 and one started wasboarding about a month ago and are still doing it every day, last check everything was fine in the hive.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Rogersville, Missouri, USA

    Big Grin Re: Washboarding

    Interestingly, I have about 1/2 my hives that do it regularly (splits, parent hives, caught swarms, doesn't matter). They just do it...

    What I can tell you that I have observed in combination is this.. When they are doing it they are very gentle and I can walk right up to the hive and just hang out with them all day.

    The ones that do it are also my best honey producers.

    My conclusion, happy bees = washboarding = lots of honey.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA

    Default Re: Washboarding

    As a newbie, I found this really helpful. It led me to some online videos and links that helped me see that some of my bees are also doing this. 3-5 will gather on the landing board and move back and forth like little Hoovers cleaning the board. Thanks.


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