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Blackbird
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« on: June 26, 2005, 07:40:14 PM »

In one of my hives I am seeing a few bees with a big gob of poop (?) on their butts. This hive is growing very slowly over all. Not much brood and slow to draw out comb. Are they sick?
Is the slow growth unrelated to the poop?
Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2005, 11:55:17 PM »

I would get a very close look Stacie, to make sure of what it is your seeing.  There are a few things it could be.

First of all, what color is it?
Are you sure it is not their innards, having possibly used their stinger in defense?  I have often seen workers make it back to the hive after their sacrifice.
Could it be a parasite infestation?  I have had weak colonies invaded by earwigs, and witnessed bees being removed from the hive still alive, but with an earwig embedded in their abdomen.  And most recently, having the joyous occasion of welcoming my favorite parasite of all back to my yard, SHB have infested a week nuc, and some of those brood have been eaten while still capped in their cell.  But worse yet, I have seen some of those workers emerge with partially consumed abdomens.
If their is a glob of brownish/orange goop coming out their business end, It could possibly be nosema.  Do you notice streaks or spots of the same color inside the hive, on the frames, or on the outside of the hives?

On a parting thought... Do one last check.  Smell it, does it smell like poop?  Taste it, does it taste like poop?  If the answer is yes, be glad you didn't step in it... cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2005, 01:02:20 PM »

Well, I'm not about to taste the stuff!  shocked  I don't think it's their innards cause usually after a bee stings it is beginning to die so even if it makes it back to the hive it will appear to be unwell. These bees are just wandering around the hive like normal with this glob stuck to them. There aren't that many of them that have it. There aren't any other cirtters in the hive, no beatles or earwigs, nothing like that.
If they had dysentary it would be runny right?
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2005, 10:51:01 PM »

perhaps your bees are constipated?
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2005, 11:44:33 PM »

Did you feed them brown sugar or slightly burnt sugar (i.e. carmal)?
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2005, 08:20:42 AM »

I still think it's from stinging you.  How many bees like this did you see?  Bees with dysenary don't have it stuck on them and I've never seen goo, more like pollen and water mixed.
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2005, 11:13:56 PM »

That's what I thought Michael, that's why I asked for more specific detail.
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2005, 08:45:21 AM »

What color is this "goo"?
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