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A report...

The bees hauled out dead bees yesterday, there seems to be at least a hundred in front of one hive and half that in front of another one....

One is shaded in the day. I don't know what maybe it's getting ready to collapse?

It's still alive but.....
 

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You have to remember the dead pile up in the cold spells and get hauled out when the weather breaks. A hundred at one break in the weather is not too much from a strong hive. Check the bottom board inside. Is it pretty free of bees or is it covered? If it's covered you have a problem.
 

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I'll check again tomarrow MB but I the floor is clear.

I'll remove the reducer and double check further back..

This one hive seemed to be pretty strong going into cold weather..

I had a frame of honey out on the porch and bees covered it a couple of days ago, and it was only 47 degrees. The wax was hard, I pricked the cells with a toothpick and they cleaned it out pretty quick.

Then I brought the frame inside.

Some bees were getting to cold to fly. I found them and warmed them in my hands, they flapped the wings in I put them to the hive entrance and they made their way back to the warmth...

I don't like watched what they have to go through in the winter... ;(
 

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Yeah that's true...

Hadn't thought about it from this perspective.

BjournB will probably get upset due to the simplicity of this string... LOL

God Bless Us All.
 

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HaHa Daisy, im glad to see someone else out there that warms up cold bees, and puts them back in the hive. I do that too, my kids think im crazy......
 

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>>I found them and warmed them in my hands, they flapped the wings in I put them to the hive entrance and they made their way back to the warmth...

I think these bees that fly out during winter are flying out for a reason. They are old dying bees and it is in the bees instinct to fly away from the hive before they die.


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Ian, these bees had come to the community feeding table where I had a frame of honey out.....

She was flapping her wings to create friction to survive... That was indication to me that she wasn't ready to go yet.

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beebarf, what a unique name!!!

I remember reading this here somewhere... Maybe it was one of your posts..

I think I do stuff like this because it makes me feel good.

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