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Offline mgates61

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Lost 2 colonies
« on: January 22, 2009, 07:03:55 PM »
It was 65 degrees here today sp I decided to check the bees. I have 3 hives. 
@ of them were dead.  The other seems to be doing fine.  I gave them a pollen patty and a jar of syrup.

The 2 that didn't survive look like they died very recently.  We just went through a cold snap, so maybe that is what got them.

Here is my question.  There are lots of bees in the cells head down.  Should I remove the bodies and reuse the comb ???  Is the comb ok to reuse ??

All advise appreciated.

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Re: Lost 2 colonies
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009, 07:30:58 PM »
Trying to remove them is a waste of time and energy.  Just put a new package in and they will remove them for you.
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Re: Lost 2 colonies
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009, 10:39:12 PM »
The same thing happened to my weakest hive. I had checked them and put syrup in the hive just before that cold spell we had and they were fine and scrappy. I opened the hive today to give them more syrup and the hive was dead,and like you described a lot of them were head down in the cells.
 My other hive appears to have made it through the cold fine and they were cleaning the hive in the warm weather today.