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Carol
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« on: July 21, 2013, 12:32:21 PM »

Do all the bees leave the hive as some point during the day to relieve themselves? I wondered if they were included in the orientation flights. It seems to be a large rotation of bees coming and going at that time.
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2013, 08:41:36 AM »

>Do all the bees leave the hive as some point during the day

During the winter they often can't leave for six months.  "at some point during the day"?  No.  Sooner or later?  Yes.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2013, 02:28:34 PM »

ya Michael is obviously right. bees do not defecate in the hive, ever. but they do not necessarily go out for cleansing flights each day, either.

Actually I shouldn;t of said ever, anyone whose hives have gotten sick will know that ain't true.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2013, 11:53:18 PM »

six month without a bathroom break. That queen is a hard task master. Maybe they should unionize.  laugh
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 04:55:55 PM »

six month without a bathroom break. That queen is a hard task master. Maybe they should unionize.  laugh

The drones keep trying year after year, but the workers are union busters evidently. laugh
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