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I have a hive where the bees keep dying - a pile of dead bees on ground at front of hive. Still a lot of bees in hive, fair brood, and a lot of honey. But, everyday I go out to look, there are more dead and a lot of dying bees on the ground in front of the hive. I have screened bottom boards with oil trays. How do I figure out what is killing them?
 

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Several possibilities here:
1) they are cleaning out the dead bees from winter.
2) they are being robbed.
3) they are being attacked by something else (skunks, possums, hornets, yellow jackets...)

It's too early for yellow jackets here, but I don't know about there.
 

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Are they robbing a sprayed hive? Is the top layer of nectar mixed with old honey or clear?
 

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I don't think they are getting into anything that is poisonous. There is a hive on each side of them that is doing fine. I am thinking it might be robbing a I see the fighting quite a bit out front, but there were also a lot of dead bees on the screened bottom board. They appear to be normal looking.
 
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