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    Default Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    Out of nosiness this afternoon I slid the bottom white board from under the hive, and was surprised to see honey on it (maybe 2" x 2" area). Why would that be? It makes me nervous. I have begun to see dead bees all around the entrance to the hive, maybe 100, but I'm hoping those are just normal December die-off.

    I have a quilt box on top of the hive and opened it up and ran my hand through it, it's dry, so I don't believe there's any condensation dripping in the hive.

    I flipped the board over and slid it back in.

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    could there be a mouse in the "house"

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewJoe View Post
    could there be a mouse in the "house"
    There better not be, because I've had a mouseguard on there for 2 months now.

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    Small hive beetle? OMTCW

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    So I take it finding honey on the bottom is not a good thing then.

    What should I do? Just wait it out till spring? It's pretty chilly out there around this time of year.

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post
    Out of nosiness this afternoon I slid the bottom white board from under the hive, and was surprised to see honey on it (maybe 2" x 2" area). Why would that be? It makes me nervous.
    One of my hives had this exact issue today. While at home for lunch, I decided to slide out the slider board on one of our hives. My intentions where to look at the mite drop. To my surprise the bottom board had several bees feeding on a small patch of what appeared to be thin honey. This was in a small area, maybe a two or three inch puddle. This hive has also had a mouse guard on for some time.

    This hive appears to have no other issues, and is fine on stores. If you find any answers, please post. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 60's, I have toyed with the idea of doing a quick inspection.

    Shane

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    In the past, I have seen patches of leaking honey on some of my trays, also. Never found out what caused it. However, when spring came, everything looked good in the hive.

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    Oh phew spieker, thank you. I hope that's the case with us. And funny Shane that you did the same thing as me - I was just going to peek and see if there was a visible mite count, which there wasn't, at least to my eyes.

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    I think you will drive yourself to drink in NH if you look for problems in the hives right now. IMO It is better to wait until spring see how they fared and then adjust or not your practices.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    The honey we are reporting finding seems to be thin, and I'm wondering whether it is the uncapped honey that has thinned and dripped.

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    sometimes it will freez and break the comb, then when it thaws it will run.... I would be inspecting as soon as you get a weather break though.

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    Default Re: Is it okay to find dripped honey on the bottom board?

    gmcharlie, that makes sense because we had days-long freezing cold snap here (down to 10F one night), and then it turned warmer than average.

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