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« on: November 21, 2013, 10:08:22 PM »

I was talking to my father today - his father raised bees more than 50 years ago in Eastern Europe - and he was telling me of how they got their hives ready for winter - anyways --- he mentioned that mice would sometimes get in a hive, sometimes they'd ruin a hive, but sometimes they bees would sting the mouse, kill it, and enclose it in wax - and they'd find it in the spring.
so - here's my question -- what is the strangest thing you've found in your bee hive?  if you have a picture to post, that would be awesome.  his stories just got me curious - and as this is my first year keeping bees, i don't have any good stories yet.
thanks in advance.
Michael Bush
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 06:48:21 AM »

Actually not wax, propolis.  Mice are common enough.  I never saw anything bigger, and smaller stuff usually gets drug out the door...

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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2013, 11:54:25 PM »

I found a dead mouse on the landing board last winter, that's the only intruder I seen besided the SHB's.

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