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Thread: Smell

  1. #1
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    Default Smell

    There is a very strong smell coming from my hives. It is somewhat a sweet, honey-like smell but has a slight vinegar smell as well. Is this normal?

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    Default Re: Smell

    Sounds like it could be normal, I like the smell
    LeeB
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    Default Re: Smell

    Goldenrod?
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    Default Re: Smell

    Probably Golden Rod honey. Sounds normal for this time of year. I finally noticed honey smell around my hives yesterday. It has been a pretty long dearth since our last flow at home.

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    Default Re: Smell

    Fermentation? There is always a bit of that going on in a weak hive. Does it smell like apple cider?

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    Default Re: Smell

    Maybe a very slight apple cider smell but it is more sweet like honey. Is there something I should do if it is a weak hive at this late of a date?

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    Default Re: Smell

    Do you know what propolis smells like? Maybe it's that.

    Does it resemble pine at all? That what my hive smells like when I open it.

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    Default Re: Smell

    Goldenrod aroma abounds here in Knoxville. I bet you have the same. My sons love to go around the hives, just for the smell.
    Greg Barnett
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  9. #9
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    Default Re: Smell

    It does not smell like pine. I have never smelled propolis.

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