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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    lol

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    >This morning, I had never even heard of a non-Shakespearean shrew, and now it is my moral enemy. Any advice on how to keep the out of your hives?

    Top entrance

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    Wow! Let's give credit where credit is due. MP pinned the tail on the donkey. Give that man a free teddy bear of his choice.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    Yes. Thank you so much Micheal Palmer for the tip, and for all your educational efforts. You are a huge help to the beekeeping community.

    So after seeing the damage in my remaining two hives, I decided to throw a "hail Mary" pass to keep my remaining bees alive, because it didn't look like they could make it another night below freezing. I put the remaining bees in a single deep body with a center divider, (which I had made for queen rearing purposes last year, thanks again to MP), and put a seed starting mat underneath to give a little extra warmth, and put foam insulation boards around the box. They each have an extra frame of pollen/honey, and hopefully, they can cluster together in the middle to keep themselves warm enough until the weather turns. We will see.

    They may not live, but had I not gotten some good advice from this forum, I would not have thought to look in the other hives, and they would surely had died within a few days.

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    You answered your question...While I doubt the culpret were shrews, most definates something in the rodent family. If the dead bees are plentiful they will jusrt snarf on the heads and leave the rest...

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    Seriously? Man... I've had it with this dump!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bHPjx7hfb4
    "Life will find a way - it always finds a way." -Jurassic Park (MOVIE/BOOK)
    USDA Zone 5a

  7. #27
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    Bardstown, KY, USA
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    Default Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    Take a sample and send to the Bee Lab in MD......
    Grandchildren are the best.... Bees a close second....

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