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    Ok I'm not terribly concerned about this but I figured it wouldn't hurt to check with you guys. One of my hives has feces all over the front below the top entrance and I was wondering how normal this is? It has been too cold to crack open the hive to see if its on the frames or not but they have been flying lately. Also, is 30-50 bees dead on the landing board normal for about every 2-3 days? Just trying to get a feel for what an average is. Good news is its Jan. and I just saw bees bringing in pollen!

    I have a picture but for some reason the forum won't upload it from my tablet. I'll add it later.

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    How much are you talking about? 10-20 spots? What color is it? If it dark brown or black it could be nosema. If it’s yellow, tan its normal. 30-50 bees sounds normal, depending on the size of the hive. Especially if it’s warm enough there and they have started brood.
    Last edited by FlowerPlanter; 01-18-2013 at 02:10 PM.

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    Here is a picture.photo.jpg

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    I have the medication for nosema but if this IS nosema is it too late? I also have the issue of it being too dang cold right now at night to medicate, any liquid would freeze overnight.

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    I can't quite tell from the photo - do you have a top entrance that the excrement is running down from?
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    Yes, there is a top entrance directly above the feces. You can see the bottom edge of the entrance just below the green top cover.

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    Wow, can a bee crap that much in 1 squirt??

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDCole View Post
    Ok I'm not terribly concerned about this but I figured it wouldn't hurt to check with you guys. One of my hives has feces all over the front below the top entrance and I was wondering how normal this is? It has been too cold to crack open the hive to see if its on the frames or not but they have been flying lately. Also, is 30-50 bees dead on the landing board normal for about every 2-3 days? Just trying to get a feel for what an average is. Good news is its Jan. and I just saw bees bringing in pollen!

    I have a picture but for some reason the forum won't upload it from my tablet. I'll add it later.
    This is not abnormal in cold climates. I have seen much worse in my hives and they have recovered fine. The dead bees and defecation are normal in winter and I wouldn't be at all concerned unless it continued into the warmer months.

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    If the cluster is large enough I wouldn't worry about that amount of defecation. if the cluster is to small, you will see alot more as the cluster gets smaller.
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