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One of my hives died in late winter. The hive had plenty of capped honey with some bee poop on it, but smells neutral. It has unfortunately been sitting in the barn all summer, and it has gotten warm in there. I'm wondering if I should extract it for mead, save it for a winter feed, just get rid of it.

I also have a couple of frames with mouse poop on it. Darn mice. Would these be okay for a winter feed, or not?

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In my parts, anything even close to mouse droppings is unfit for human consumption due to hanta virus, which will kill you. I would try washing the capped honey comb thoroughly with soap before feeding to bees to avoid contaminating hives.
 

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Hi,

Thanks for your answers. I believe that the winter die out was due to Nosema. I found lots of fecal matter on the top of the frames. I scrapped it off but did not wash the comb. Would you still recommend putting these on my other hives, or do I need to treat my hives for the winter.

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