Bees still crowding bird baths
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  1. #1
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    Default Bees still crowding bird baths

    It is November 11 with 20 degree nights and I still have bee crowding the bird baths, am I in trouble?
    Are these bees still raising a lot of brood?

    Yes I do have some ice on bird baths.
    I have been adding hot water to the bird baths to melt the ice, should I just let it go?DSCF0030.jpg

    The second photo is about 1 hour later.
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    Default Re: Bees still crowding bird baths

    Quote Originally Posted by bensmith0149 View Post
    It is November 11 with 20 degree nights and I still have bee crowding the bird baths, am I in trouble?
    Are these bees still raising a lot of brood?

    Yes I do have some ice on bird baths.
    I have been adding hot water to the bird baths to melt the ice, should I just let it go?DSCF0030.jpg
    I would keep doing what you are doing. My bees have been getting in my neighbors hot tub, and I am trying to stop this. If you are tired of dumping hot water in it you can get a electric heater.

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    Default Re: Bees still crowding bird baths

    If you aren't adding pollen sub or feeding sugar in small amounts which can stimulate brooding, then they will determine when to shut off brooding so I wouldn't worry about it. But it does appear that they need water so I would figure out a way to provide it in the cold weather. J

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