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  1. #1
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    Default Help! Bee poop and now beardingish thing...

    1 yr bee keeper.... my 7 hives have now come out our winter season. i noticed ALOT of bee poop on the base board of what had been my strongest hive. Today, i switched out the floor board with a clean one. And pushed the top brood box back 1/2 inch for ventilation (i live in the SW and its due to be 90 next weekend all of a sudden). The bottom brood box was empty. i'm assuming the bees wanted to stay as far away from the poop as possible.

    Now, 6 hours later, poop is already starting to appear on the new base board AND there's about one-two handful of bees bearding up underneath the 1 inch overhanging top board.... Whats going on? What can i do to help the bees with the poop and why are they bearding? it got no warmer than 70 degrees today.....

    my other 6 hives are all doing very well, and i'm gonna have to split one or two of them soon....

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    Default Re: Help! Bee poop and now beardingish thing...

    Quote Originally Posted by gonzo View Post
    1 yr bee keeper.... my 7 hives have now come out our winter season. i noticed ALOT of bee poop on the base board of what had been my strongest hive. Today, i switched out the floor board with a clean one. And pushed the top brood box back 1/2 inch for ventilation (i live in the SW and its due to be 90 next weekend all of a sudden). The bottom brood box was empty. i'm assuming the bees wanted to stay as far away from the poop as possible.

    Now, 6 hours later, poop is already starting to appear on the new base board AND there's about one-two handful of bees bearding up underneath the 1 inch overhanging top board.... Whats going on? What can i do to help the bees with the poop and why are they bearding? it got no warmer than 70 degrees today.....

    my other 6 hives are all doing very well, and i'm gonna have to split one or two of them soon....
    I suspect your hive is about to swarm, I noticed boarding on one of my hives last week, two days later it swarmed. Thankfully I captured it.

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    Default Re: Help! Bee poop and now beardingish thing...

    why would it swarm if the bottom broodbox is completely empty? They have plenty of room to expand in the hive....

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    Default Re: Help! Bee poop and now beardingish thing...

    bah... disregard... i found my answer.... noob bk doesn't know the difference between poop and wax cappings..... duhho...

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