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  1. #1
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    Feb 2010
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    Bartlett, TN, USA
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    Default Honeybees emptying birdfeeder

    The girls are emptying our birdfeeder that was loaded with grain. They seem to be pushing it out one grain at a time and of course it is overflowing onto the ground. They are also exploring the upper areas of the emptied feeder. Could they be scouts looking to inhabit this feeder? It was 72 degrees today and overcast. Has been raining for two or three days. I have never seen or heard of this so any guesses or comments are welcome. 4th year beekeeper and always learning.
    Clark

  2. #2
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    Nov 2011
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Honeybees emptying birdfeeder

    They may not be able to carry the larger pieces, but are probably seeking the grain dust. Here's an older related thread:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...er-Corn-Feeder
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  3. #3
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    May 2012
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    Rowan County NC
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    Default Re: Honeybees emptying birdfeeder

    Maybe they are getting pollen or the sugars from the seeds. If it has been damp where your are like it has been in NC, the seeds are fermenting a little...that will cause sugars to increase and the bees might be attracted to it. I would not think that it would be a swarm scout at this time of year...But I could be wrong about the scouts and the pollen or sugars.
    "You have to put down the ducky if you wanna play the Saxophone!" Mr .Hoot

  4. #4
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    May 2011
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    Default Re: Honeybees emptying birdfeeder

    Open feed some dry pollen substitute and watch the show!!
    Coyote Creek Bees

  5. #5
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    Nov 2012
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    Columbia, Maryland. U.S.A.
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    Default Re: Honeybees emptying birdfeeder

    Clark,
    Langstroth ? Perhaps see how they like teaspoon of whole wheat flour. Got plenty of room ? Perhaps deploy bait hive w/ piece old comb. Good Luck !
    Cheers,
    Drew

  6. #6
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    Jul 2011
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    Evansville, IN
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    Default Re: Honeybees emptying birdfeeder

    You queens have started laying and the bees are looking for protein. Time to feed them dry protein supplement or put a protein patty on the brood nest, depending on weather.

    Much better for the bees than grain dust.

    Peter

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