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« on: April 08, 2005, 06:04:43 PM »

I have 9 hives.  4 packages I just installed, one hive over a year old, and queens I added to splits, and two feral swarms.  I have noticed a strong fruity smell, can't tell which hive it is coming out of.  I remember reading somewhere this is a bad sign - any tips?  What to do...
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2005, 06:19:36 PM »

That is honey fermentation - typically from uncapped cells or comb that was left unattended by bees. It isn't something YOU want to consume, but I have left slightly questionable frames in hives before for bee consumption and didn't have a problem.

I'm no pro on this issue - wait for more answers. I just think if it is FRUITY still and NOT into the sweet/sour or sour mode, it is okay for bee food. Hope that helps Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2005, 06:38:39 PM »

It could very well just be the nectar source they are collecting drying,  it doesn't neccessarily mean it is fermenting.

Although I wouldn't consider it a fruity smell,  golden rod/ purple loose strife gives off a very powerful odor when the bees are collecting.  Chance are it is the same phenomina with a different plant source.
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2005, 08:29:34 PM »

this smells more like citrus or orange - does that matter?  Thanks.
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2005, 08:38:32 PM »

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this smells more like citrus or orange - does that matter?  Thanks.


I can't answer that,  perhaps somebody in your region can help identify it.  My only point is don't assume it is a problem,  it could very well be a strong nectar being dried.  I can spell the golden rod 25-30 feet from the hives.  Try hooking up with some local beekeepers or club or Ag extension, they can probably give you a definitive identification.
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