Fermentation odor from hive
I had a hive swarm a while back...the remaining bees were not able to prevent robbing (I was gone for a week). When I was able to check on the hive...It had that fermenting odor coming from it...If you have ever smelled it, then you know excactly what I am referring to.
Anyway, I have that odor coming from another hive. I opened it up and everything looks fine...The only thing that I saw that seemed strange was the color of the cappings on the honey. The honey in the upper super is extremely dark, and the cappings look wet and almost clear or see-through.
I feel sure the odor is not goldenrod. There was still some nice brood, the queen was present (large and active), and the rest of the hive seems normal and functioning correctly. Nothing seems amiss and the SHB's were really not a factor (traps are working and I only saw two in the hive. They may have been a little agitated, but it could have been because I opened them up at 4:30 pm on a 70 degree day.
All of my hives have roughly the same activity in front, and the one that has the odor seems no different.
The odor is so prevelant, you can smell it wafting from the front of the hive at 30 feet away in whatever direction the wind is blowing.
Any ideas or suggestions?
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