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Offline adamant

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i have two pallets on a farm that are side by side and as i approach the hives i notice a lot dead bees on the ground. is this normal? i will try to snap a pic..

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Re: how many dead bees are exceptional laying in front of the hive?
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 10:54:44 AM »
need more info.

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Re: how many dead bees are exceptional laying in front of the hive?
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012, 12:46:07 PM »
Its really bad if your are one of those dead bees.  :lau: Sorry it had to be said.

Are the bees drones? If so then house cleaning may have started early for you. Waiting for your pic and more info.  -Mike
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Re: how many dead bees are exceptional laying in front of the hive?
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012, 10:40:44 PM »
Without more info it is just a guess, could be even with more info.  I have my bees on a slab, some days there are several dead bees in front of the hives, other days there may not be any or very few.



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Re: how many dead bees are exceptional laying in front of the hive?
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012, 10:52:23 PM »
Sounds like they found a source of something laced with pesticides. Has anyone in your area had their lawn treated or a farm that planted sweet corn ?

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Re: how many dead bees are exceptional laying in front of the hive?
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2012, 10:54:50 PM »
100 +- acre of sweet corn.. sparkey what are u thinking insecticide?

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Re: how many dead bees are exceptional laying in front of the hive?
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2012, 02:54:03 AM »
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Re: how many dead bees are exceptional laying in front of the hive?
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2012, 04:05:13 AM »
Similar happened to me but it had more to do with nectar flow stopping in my area enough for the bees to begin starving. Fortunately I caught it quick and gave them sugar syrup until the next flow had started. They were new colonies that were filling their comb with brood and not much reserves in food.
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Re: how many dead bees are exceptional laying in front of the hive?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2012, 06:09:47 AM »
Pesticides or Starving did you look inside the hive ???  About is time of year New England  get a dearth and you may see a lot of starving. 



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Re: how many dead bees are exceptional laying in front of the hive?
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2012, 10:10:12 PM »
Sweet corn seed has all kinds of nasty stuff on it so when the plant grows it will not have to be sprayed. The dust kicked up during the planting can move it on other plants that the bees are foraging on. The dew that the leaves hold and some bees drink from will get them also. As Finski said the damage should have run its coarse and what is lost should be slowing or over.

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Re: how many dead bees are exceptional laying in front of the hive?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2012, 01:13:04 AM »


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