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« on: August 13, 2008, 08:11:35 PM »

When checking our top bar hive we noticed that they were moving all the dead bees to the back of the hive.  Right now we have a full board about 3/4 of the way back.  The problem is the bees can't get the dead bees out so there was a pile of them at the back of the hive. My husband scooped them out but any suggestions on how to help the bees in their housekeeping?  My concern is that once the hive is totally built out, not sure what the bees would do.
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2008, 01:02:11 AM »

When checking our top bar hive we noticed that they were moving all the dead bees to the back of the hive.  Right now we have a full board about 3/4 of the way back.  The problem is the bees can't get the dead bees out so there was a pile of them at the back of the hive. My husband scooped them out but any suggestions on how to help the bees in their housekeeping?  My concern is that once the hive is totally built out, not sure what the bees would do.

Remove the bottom board and replace it with #2 (1/2 inch) hardware cloth.  The dead bees will fall through and the open bottom will not bother the bees.  I've gone bottomless with all my hives this year, even built the stands to work with it.  I do use a slatted rack though, no bottom.
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