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  1. #1
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    Default How many bees do you smoosh?

    I'm still fairly new at this. I think things are going well so far this season. The only problem is that I'm bothered by the fact that each time I go into my hive I smoosh bees between the boxes, between the frames, and under my fingers. It seems like a lot of bees die. That crunching sound makes me cringe. I feel terrible, and I'm wondering if this is just part of it, or if the expert beekeepers move smoothly enough to avoid harming any bees most of the time.
    How do you do it?
    Thank you.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    As few as I can, as many as I have to.

    When moving boxes I try to get one side clear of bees and set the next box on that edge then slide the upper box into position instead of setting it down in position.
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    .25 bee per inspection. It helps if you dont wear any bee gear. Your more comfortable and can take your time.

    The best trick I've learned is to set the box down at an angle so it only touches in 4 places and then slowly rotate it into place.

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    Default Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    Zero is the goal but I rarely obtain that. Kinda part of the deal.
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

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    Default Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    Quote Originally Posted by jsdepue View Post
    I'm still fairly new at this. I think things are going well so far this season. The only problem is that I'm bothered by the fact that each time I go into my hive I smoosh bees between the boxes, between the frames, and under my fingers. It seems like a lot of bees die. That crunching sound makes me cringe. I feel terrible, and I'm wondering if this is just part of it, or if the expert beekeepers move smoothly enough to avoid harming any bees most of the time.
    How do you do it?
    Thank you.
    Being a beekeeper means bees will die. That's why Vegans and some Vegetarians don't eat honey. Do what you can to minimize it, but it's going to happen. They make new ones all the time.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    Just remember, each bee you smash counts for one teaspoon of honey. It adds up.

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    Default Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    After an inspection, let them settle down then go back and watch below the entrance. I can usually count on at least 6 - 10 dead or dying bees there. Oh well, gotta crack a few eggs to make an omelette.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    Another trick I do when I;m pushing frames together and the little suckers don't seem to want to move is slowly move the frame I'm pushing up against the other ones back and forth a couple of times so I don't squish the bees on the ends of the frame but put enough pressure on them so they move.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    Smashed a bunch today. It was rainy on and off, overcast and windy.
    No one was happy.

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    Default Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    each bee you smash counts for one teaspoon of honey
    I thought that each bee produces 1/12th teaspoon but we still dont like to smash them
    Ed, KA9CTT profanity is IGNORANCE made audible
    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

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