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  1. #1
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    Default Lost hive brood box peculiar

    Lost an 8 frame hive. Small dead bee cluster in top medium. Brood chamber frames seem to.be full of wet looking pollen. Is this normal? Queen was among the dead cluster. Maybe 400-500 bees total

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    Default Re: Lost hive brood box peculiar

    Sounds like condensation collected and dripped down on the cluster.

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    Default Re: Lost hive brood box peculiar

    Did you have any streaking downward on the brood combs? If so probably as philip states condensation problems.
    Thomas Bartram - 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: Lost hive brood box peculiar

    No streaking. I'm not sure it was condensation but I can't rule it out. Why else would the pollen be wet looking? Correct? The pollen is typically dry in the cells, correct?

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    Default Re: Lost hive brood box peculiar

    What do I do with these wet pollen deeps?

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    Default Re: Lost hive brood box peculiar

    I thought they added honey to pollen for winter storage. My pollen frames often look wet. Thought I read this was normal but can't remember where.

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    Default Re: Lost hive brood box peculiar

    Matt - When the bees store the pollen it is dry looking, however as they store it up for the winter sometimes they put honey over top of it to seal it in for use later for brood rearing in the early part of the year like now when they first start brooding up again.

    You can freeze them in a freezer just as you do the rest and will not hurt it at all. Just make sure to remove them in time to warm up prior to using them again. You can use them with your splits, packages, etc and make it easier for them to brood up as they won't have to go forage so much for food.
    Thomas Bartram - 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: Lost hive brood box peculiar

    Thanks for that info Lonzo!

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    Default Re: Lost hive brood box peculiar

    agree with lonzo, the honey serves to preserve the pollen and protect it from molding.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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