They Died ..... Now what?
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  1. #1
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    Default They Died ..... Now what?

    HELP

    Well I fed them and tried to get them to build up their strength in order to winter but 2 or my 4 hives have run out of food and subsequently died. The other 2 are not well either.

    Now I have a bunch frames with hundreds of bees that are dead. Most of them head first into the cells. I brushed as many of the dead ones off of the frames as possible but I still have all the dead ones in the cells.

    Question - How can I clean all these bees out? Can I vacuum them out or do I need to take a pair of tweezers and pull them out one at a time?

    I am sad that I have lost them but I would like to be able to salvage the frames for next season....

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: They Died ..... Now what?

    More bees in the spring is the answer. Yup, sounds like your fall was poor also. We fed earlier, and more, than usual.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: They Died ..... Now what?

    Morgan, sorry for your losses. Put the frames in a mouseproof container, your hive body will work well if it is mouseproofed. Then give them to bees in the spring. The bees will clean them up, and remove the dead. If you store them in an unheated building there will be no mold as they will freeze.

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    Default Re: They Died ..... Now what?

    What Adrian said

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    Sorry about your losses.
    Often you can use an air hose to blow the dead bees out of the cells. Just don't start with the nozzle too close to the frame or you can blow through the wax.
    Tim Wilbanks
    Kalona Honey Company, LLC www.kalonahoney.com

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    Default Re: They Died ..... Now what?

    More bees!

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    Default Re: They Died ..... Now what?

    You should be able to knock most of them out by tapping the frames on the ground with the top bar down. The remaining ones, the bees next year should pull out.

    I'd be more concerned with wax moths making a mess of them than getting every single bee out.

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    If you aren't already, you might want to consider candy boards for your remaining two hives. If they're having trouble with stores, 10 pounds of sugar over their heads should help them quite a bit.
    Beekeeper since 2013. Read my bee blog at:
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    Look up "Mountain Camp Method" for winter feeding and apply to the two remaining hives immediately. I doubt you'll ever get bees to take syrup any time soon in WI.

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    Default Re: They Died ..... Now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by morgantheship View Post
    The other 2 are not well either.
    What makes you think so?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: They Died ..... Now what?

    Like everyone else said, store them until next Spring in a mouse proof container. Inside the hive is fine if it's mouse proof.
    Wax moth's won't be a problem this time of year.

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    Default Re: They Died ..... Now what?

    At 0 deg F tonight, and not going above 32 F for a while, it will be tough to get them to break cluster for food. Chalk it up to lessons learned, adapt, do better next year.

    Crazy Roland

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