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  1. #1
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    Default Northeast warmup - hive check

    Sunday in coastal New England is supposed to be 70! Today is about 55, I walked out to the hive and noticed about 20 dead bees in a line about 10' from the hive. kind of odd, so I removed the mouse guard and got on my hand an knees to look in the entrance. About 20 more dead behind mouse guard. I swept those out with a stick and clearly saw allot of activity.

    I'm really hopping this is a good sign that they are doing OK. I peeked under the top cover to see if the grease/sugar patties had been touched and they had not.

    Fingers crossed.

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    Default Re: Northeast warmup - hive check

    I am a novice beek here. I observed exactly what you did at my hive. I actually have cleansing flights and hive activity as well. I think the dead bees outside the hive are actually a fair sign. I would assume there has to be some winter loss and to me the few dead bees out of the hive are a sign that the other bees are doing their job. Lets see what others say.

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    Default Re: Northeast warmup - hive check

    I swept out bees at home today as well. One hive in particular had a lot, most had a few, they were all flying which makes me feel good. It is interesting to see more activity at some hives than others, I'm sure it's a function of the queen and her genetics. The hives with the most activity for me are all dark bees.

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    Default Re: Northeast warmup - hive check

    Quote Originally Posted by stripstrike View Post
    I swept out bees at home today as well. One hive in particular had a lot, most had a few, they were all flying which makes me feel good. It is interesting to see more activity at some hives than others, I'm sure it's a function of the queen and her genetics. The hives with the most activity for me are all dark bees.
    I am like a worried parent. Last week my youngest hive, a split, had no activity or dead bees on the landing board (I sweep the landing boards about once every week or so). The other 2 hives had a bit of activity when temps were in the high 30's. Today it is 65! All 3 hives look like it is mid-MAY, lots of bees flying. As far as one hive being less active than others, I have no idea.

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    Default Re: Northeast warmup - hive check

    I have a hive that is on deaths door. They had a high mite load going into winter. I found eggs and young larvae today. They have been so agitated I thought they might be queenless. Their agitation may have been due the mountain of dead bees stuck by the entrance reducer on the bottom board. I am surprised they could get out to fly.

    I am wondering about the moisture in the hive. I have them over an airtight empty hive body on a plywood platform I built over construction rubble in the back of my community garden. The dead bees above the inner cover had moisture on their wings and the inner cover was wet. I don't wrap or have any insulation. The wall you see is a wind break. My mentor told me to set it up like this, any thoughts? I want to make sure the other hive is going to stay dry.IMG_6243.jpg
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    Default Re: Northeast warmup - hive check

    JMO
    It appears as if the hive entrance is facing the wall, is it? If so I would face the entrance in another direction to open up the flight lines and increase air movement. Do it during the next cold weather spell so the bees will be inside for a few days and re orient when they make the next cleansing flights.
    Do you have a top entrance? I winter with one and find it helps with moisture removal and housekeeping duties for the bees. Also if the bottom entrance gets clogged with ice, snow, bees, they have a way out. So does excess moisture.
    I don't wrap either.
    You might want to consider using the larger opening on the reducer with the slot facing up. good, passive air exchange is absolutely necessary in our moist environment.
    I'd also remove that plastic? wrap around the stand, good air flow is important there as well, it will also save the bottom board from rot.
    Are there enough bees left in the hive to cluster? do they have food stores or are they light?
    Not much more one can do at this point without a major disruption to whatever population is left.
    Finding eggs and larvae is a very good sign, be sure to seriously consider a treatment in the early spring if mites are a problem, don't hesitate.

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    Default Re: Northeast warmup - hive check

    Quote Originally Posted by Margot1d View Post
    They had a high mite load going into winter.
    A treatment of OAV would greatly help when used on a day that is 40 degrees or above. Tooting my own horn here, but what works, simply works...
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    Default Re: Northeast warmup - hive check

    That is also my plan. I hope the dead bees are just the old ones. I had installed a candy board in November and would like to see if they are taking advantage of it? My first year with only one hive so it's good that others have similar observations.

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