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Offline Zoot

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Minor disaster
« on: May 09, 2006, 11:43:44 PM »
Just getting back into it after a 25 year pause. Hived 2 packages about 8 days ago and was replacing a feeding pail today when the lid slipped off DIRECTLY OVER THE INSIDE COVER. A full gallon of fresh syrup immediately inundated the hive, drained out below onto the base and over and around the other hive. I immediately sluiced the support platform with several gallons of water and it has dried with no visible trace. Am I at an increased risk for robbing because of this? Is it possible that the queen could have been drowned? I feel like an idiot as everything here in MD has been about as perfect as could be so far (weather that is).

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2006, 03:18:50 AM »
I'm no expert, but I think if they haven't drowned, there's a lot of lickin' going on :lol: . I think the best thing to do is just check back and see if you have eggs  (or any flying in and out of the hive for that matter) or see the queen herself since its a new hive..she shouldn't bee to hard to find.
good luck to you!
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2006, 01:15:25 PM »
Well, today is as perfect as  May can get here and there is plenty of apparently normal traffic in and out of that hive and the other one too. I plan to make the first inspection of this hive later today (it's been 8 days).
I guess my main concern is that even if the queen was drowned it might not manifest in the hive's behavior for some time. I don't want to spend a lot of time searching for her today.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2006, 04:08:57 PM »
If there was drowning, it would not be just the queen, but many bees.  If they aren't hauling out a bunch of dead bees, I would assume all is well.
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