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  1. #1
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    Smile 30 or 40 dead bees around hive

    I have a bunch of bees dead around my hive and i'm not sure why (about 30 or 40 they are in about a 10 foot radias of the hive). Any ideas? I looked this morning thinking they may all be dead, but when I took the outer cover off and looked through the hole of the inner cover they were very much alive. My only guess is that yesterday did get a little warmer than it has been over the last 10 days, so I wonder if they tried to come out feeling the warmer air. When I say warmer, I mean it went from the highs of 20 to 30 degrees, to yesterday being in the high 40's. I also read that someone suggest putting sugar on the top of the frames. Are there any ideas to make sure I can help these bees survive this winter. I have yet to have a successful hive make it through the winter here in Utah. I'm hoping this will be a first http://s1275.beta.photobucket.com/us...tml?sort=3&o=0
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: 30 or 40 dead bees around hive

    On warm days they carry out the dead and if the sun is out and its not 40+ some will fly out and not make it back--dead bees in front is a good sign this time of the year.
    Ed, KA9CTT profanity is IGNORANCE made audible
    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

  3. #3
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    Default Re: 30 or 40 dead bees around hive

    As Ed has stated carrying out the dead is a good sign, however the last couple of years I lost quite a few bees to snow deaths and noticed that it seemed to happen when the sun was shining and reflecting brightly off the snow, so I figured that the bees must be getting excited from the sunlight and leaving the hive when conditions were not good to do so.

    This year I made sun roofs to place over the entrances to dim the sunlight entering the hives and have not seen a single snow death so far this winter. The bees continue to clean the hives when the daytime temperatures get up into the 40's which is a healthy normal activity.

    These sun roofs are just a piece of wood cut to fit on top of the bottom board rails, simple but effective.


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    Default Re: 30 or 40 dead bees around hive

    I too was concerned over the dead bees in front of my hives. Yesterday it was near 50 degrees and sunny so I took the time to place an empty super on top of each of my hives. I then placed sugar cakes with lemon oil added and also grease patties. The hives all looked fine and seemed to haves plenty of food stores although I didn't remove any frames. I hope feeding will help them build up faster in spring. Most times bees starve in the spring not in winter so you might want to try this.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: 30 or 40 dead bees around hive

    This is one of the reasons I love the snow in January. Come nice days during the January thaw, bee's clean house. Dead bees out front mean a hive that's alive. No bees mean a dead hive. I like to see dead bees in front of each hive after a warmish January day!
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

  6. #6
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    Brownsburg, Indiana, USA
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    Default Re: 30 or 40 dead bees around hive

    The undertakers were busy yesterday, I'd say over a hundred dead bees removed,including 2 drones, many bees were hanging out on the front porch, enjoying the sun and warm weather.
    I did notice most of the bees were small, so that tells me they new.
    Sure hope I have enough beez in March to continue my success.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: 30 or 40 dead bees around hive

    I'd say over a hundred dead bees removed,including 2 drones,
    Dave you got to much time on your hands
    Ed, KA9CTT profanity is IGNORANCE made audible
    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

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