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  1. #1
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    Default How many dead bees are normal after hiving a package?

    I just hived my first 2 packages.
    How many dead bees in and around the hive are normal?
    I am a little concerned because I had to install in cold weather, and have never done it before.

    This is day 2.
    I peeked in the door, and there are about 50 or so dead bees on the floor of each hive that have not yet been cleaned out.
    There are another few hundred around the 2 hives.
    When I installed, I could hear the buzz and hum while standing next to them. Not so much today. They have a frame feeder full of syrup and a pollen patty.
    I do feel heat when I hold my hand in front of the door.

    Thanks all!

  2. #2
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    Default Re: How many dead bees are normal after hiving a package?

    Those numbers do not sound unusual.

    Have fun,

    Tom

  3. #3
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    Default Re: How many dead bees are normal after hiving a package?

    vnatzke, Hi, 50 doesn't sound alarming to me.
    Packages have bees that are dumped into the package so some of them may have been old and died during the install.
    They should clean them out when it warms up. Seeing some dead bees is normal. They drag them out.
    The important thing is that your queen gets released with in a couple days from the install and starts laying eggs. I would look to see that the queen is released by tomorrow. I'd release her if she isn't. Then check again this weekend to look to see that she is laying eggs.
    Here's a link that might help. I never had a problem with a package. They usually release the queen no problem and do fine but I have heard of people having issues so based on my experience.... I'm optimistic you will be alright. I hope so.

    https://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec/be.../package-bees/

    Good Luck!!!!
    VW

  4. #4
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    Default Re: How many dead bees are normal after hiving a package?

    TWall you got in the post while I was writing I'm glad we agree

  5. #5
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    Default Re: How many dead bees are normal after hiving a package?

    Thanks!
    I feel better.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: How many dead bees are normal after hiving a package?

    I've scooped up a couple cups of dead bees from a package before and it did fine.

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