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  1. #1
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    Default Dead and dying bees outside the hive

    This is my first winter taking care of a TBH. It has seemed healthy and has filled nearly the whole hive with comb, but the colony has been contracting and there are now there are lots (maybe 20-40 depending on how hard you look) of dead or apparently dying bees around the entrance when I check it. Is this normal?

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    Default Re: Dead and dying bees outside the hive

    Are they drones? If they are it's normal as the colony will kick out the drones so they don't have them using resources during the winter.

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    Default Re: Dead and dying bees outside the hive

    There are some drones, but most seem to be workers.

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    Default Re: Dead and dying bees outside the hive

    Did you just have a large spike in temp changes or anything of that sort?
    Is there moisture in the hive?
    What if anything were you feeding and when did you stop, if you did?

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    Default Re: Dead and dying bees outside the hive

    In the samples we have taken recently it is a combination of viruses. They also tested for every known toxin.
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    Default Re: Dead and dying bees outside the hive

    Seems normal so far. You do get die off during the winter and the bees can't carry them outside due to cold temps, so they get stacked up for when the can.

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    Default Re: Dead and dying bees outside the hive

    Hi JonDon I have exactly the same thing going on (for the first time except for drone-eviction which was 2 months ago for my hive)after a week with 20 degree nights then back up now a little and days up to 57. I hope Mr Beeman is right for our cases and it's not a die-off! My bees are just dragging worker bodies out the door when they can and leaving them close. HB

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    Default Re: Dead and dying bees outside the hive

    Thanks.
    We have had some cold nights near freezing, but nothing too unusual.
    Moisture and ventilation are possible problems. I built my hive with a screen bottom with beetle traps under. I covered most of the screen with a layer of styrofoam when it started getting cold. Also, the entrance consists of three holes about one and a half inch diameter as opposed to the slat opening I see on most. May be something about the structure that is straining them. We do have a lot of humidity here in on the coast of S.C.
    As far as feeding is concerned, I stopped feeding them midsummer.
    Appreciate your thoughts.

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    Default Re: Dead and dying bees outside the hive

    Thanks. Hopefully the colony will survive.

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