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« on: March 01, 2011, 02:07:33 PM »

My friend Manny who started a TBH last season, just called me this morning with a concern. Seems he is finding what looks like pollen piled up outside all around the hive. He swears this is pollen having touched it with his fingers. He claims it is a very large amount. He says the bees are placing it there. This is not on the ground, but on the landing.  But it is also around the entrance.(which is a small hole about the size of 2 bees)

Also found some brown streaks which I told him is a bit of diarrhea, but not much. Probably from holding in and not being able to fly out due to very cold weather.

Other than this, the bees are flying in and out very nicely.


Does anyone have any ideas I can tell him. He seems a bit worried.


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Annette


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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 02:11:23 PM »

it probably is pollen.  what's going where he lives?  lots of bees loaded with pollen trying to get through a small entrance smiley  someone is bound to drop a load from time to time.  bet if he does a little research he'll find that something is popping pollen big time in his area.
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 04:50:48 PM »

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lots of bees loaded with pollen trying to get through a small entrance   someone is bound to drop a load from time to time.

If they dropped it why wouldn't they just pick it back up and bring it in?
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 05:38:46 PM »

open up the entrance
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 05:41:07 PM »

Could it be old bee bread their removing from the hive?
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2011, 10:36:30 PM »

Could it be old bee bread their removing from the hive?

Does this happen, never heard anything about this??
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2011, 10:37:28 PM »

open up the entrance

I truly think this is the problem, but he swears they can fit through the hole. I am going to tell him to open up the entrance and then let me know if this happens again.
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2011, 10:39:11 PM »

Thanks dear people for all the replies, I always appreciate your responses and know I can count on you all.

Sincerely
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2011, 03:11:16 AM »

I sold bees to guy last summer who called me claiming that they gathered so much pollen from rhubarb in one day that they had no room for it and it was everywhere in box.  when he went to install the nuc in a hive body he ended up dumping a bunch out of nuc box onto ground.  I dont know if he was nuts or what but I just went along with the story.  Maybe some times they dont have room, groom off pollen, then housekeepers take it out like trash.  Probably spoiled pollen though or entrance theory.

Just thought Id mention it.
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2011, 04:53:24 PM »

I sold bees to guy last summer who called me claiming that they gathered so much pollen from rhubarb in one day that they had no room for it and it was everywhere in box.  when he went to install the nuc in a hive body he ended up dumping a bunch out of nuc box onto ground.  I dont know if he was nuts or what but I just went along with the story.  Maybe some times they dont have room, groom off pollen, then housekeepers take it out like trash.  Probably spoiled pollen though or entrance theory.

Just thought Id mention it.

More likely, what he thought was pollen was old cappings. 

If the entrance hole is less than 3/8 inch wide/around there is going to be a good amount knocked from the pollen sacs as the bees reenter the hive.  Bees will not usually reclaim pollen discarded at the hive, whether done some by accident or design.
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