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Something has damaged the bottom board on this hive. The bees in this hive seem to come and go only out of the corner where this damage is. I read of skunks scratching on a bottom board at night to attract bees to eat -- is that what's going on here? Looks like more than scratching.

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It might be a good idea to purchase or borrow a live trap and see what you come up with before too much more damage is done. :)
 

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I don't know what critter it was, but the long scratches to the right of the missing wood certainly look like claw marks. :eek:
 

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That doesn't look like chewing to me. By the looks of the cracks and large splinters it seems as if something fell on it and knocked a chunk of wood off.

I'd say it was a meteorite. It's a better story than a porcupine. :)
 

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I'd set up a game camera and find out what kind of critter is doing that. Then a trap, electric fence or perhaps a sleepless night with the shotgun.
 

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Something has damaged the bottom board on this hive. The bees in this hive seem to come and go only out of the corner where this damage is. I read of skunks scratching on a bottom board at night to attract bees to eat -- is that what's going on here? Looks like more than scratching.
Are there Badgers in your neck of the woods?
 
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