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  1. #1
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    Apr 2011
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    Trinity, NC, USA
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    Default Winter Cluster - Bees

    Is this the time of year when the winter cluster (bees) start to die off as new brood emerges? I am noticing there are more dead bees on the bottom board in the past several days...

  2. #2
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    Oct 2012
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    Salem, Indiana, USA
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    Default Re: Winter Cluster - Bees

    Bees die everday. One of my strongest hives has a pile of dead bees if front of it that is probably a couple quarts of bees. I just make sure the entrance is open and let the girls clean their own house. I would make sure they have stores and start feeding if you are not and are still concerned. John

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Winter Cluster - Bees

    Through the winter the bottom board (screened) has had only 5 to 10 bees on it through the weeks and cleaned on warm days. Now there are more bees covering the bottom board; they have stores, queen is laying well, hive is very active. Is this increase of dead bees the winter cluster? Winter bees live longer??

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