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Seeing dead bees

Discussion in 'Bee Pests, Diseases, Predators, Robbing' started by Cmclean, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. Apr 24, 2019
    Cmclean

    Cmclean Exploring the pasture

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    I installed my first Nuc 5 days ago. I have not opened it yet to check on queen. I have seen 5-10 dead bees on the ground in front of the hive. Is this normal die off?
     
  2. Aug 18, 2019 at 12:39 PM
    Anna j

    Anna j Ridin' The Range

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    There are typically some dead bees in a nuc when you get them. Once installed they clean house by carrying the dead out to the front and dumping them. By day 5 though you really should check that the queen is out. Previously we’ve had to scrape a little away to make sure she could get out with the bees help. If she’s not out today I would certainly remove some of the candy enclosing her. But not all of it, make them get her out..but I honestly can’t back that up with anything other than that’s their job.