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Offline palomanegra

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honey leaking out of the bottom of the hive
« on: February 08, 2009, 03:47:49 PM »
I went out to the hive today and noticed that there was honey oozing out of the bottom entrance and bees that were caked in the sweet stuff. I scraped it clean but it was too cold to open up the hive. This doesn't seem normal to me, and I mean it wasn't absolutely running out, it was just a layer on the entrance, but is there anyone who has experienced this?

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Re: honey leaking out of the bottom of the hive
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2009, 03:55:02 PM »
I had this same issue early last week.  I thought it must be from the sugar water I was feeding because it was so clear.  There were about 20 dead bees in the mass of sticky stuff right at the edge of the door.  I wiped up the bees and sticky stuff with paper towels and all seems OK now. 

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Re: honey leaking out of the bottom of the hive
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2009, 05:59:39 PM »
Yea I have seen it before, but not this time of year and not in your local. If it were summer I would say look for SHB, But this time of year for your case :?!
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Re: honey leaking out of the bottom of the hive
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2009, 06:14:26 PM »
think you might have some kind of critter in there?  mice can make a mess. rats.  something reaching in through the bottom like a raccoon??

if you are feeding, temp flux can cause container to leak syrup.

soon as you can go in, you need to figure it out.  it's  not normal.
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Re: honey leaking out of the bottom of the hive
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2009, 06:54:05 PM »
I went out to the hive today and noticed that there was honey oozing out of the bottom entrance and bees that were caked in the sweet stuff. I scraped it clean but it was too cold to open up the hive. This doesn't seem normal to me, and I mean it wasn't absolutely running out, it was just a layer on the entrance, but is there anyone who has experienced this?

Did you taste the sticky stuff? I've had a few hives leach sap from the woodenware, looks like honey too. If in fact honey, something had to have gotten in and busted comb, as mentioned.


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Re: honey leaking out of the bottom of the hive
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2009, 01:08:06 AM »
Sounds like a mouse to me.  When they tunnel looking for bees to eat and expanding for their nest they will burrow though honeycomb and the honey will drip down to the bottom board.

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Re: honey leaking out of the bottom of the hive
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2009, 07:22:50 AM »
MICE....they tore up an empty lower deep full of comb at my place...I'm south of you. They (Mice) are starveing this year...rough late summer and fall..Be sure to get them out and put a critter guard on.
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