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vadentwin

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Fighting bees
« on: August 21, 2020, 01:35:41 PM »
I pulled a few frames yesterday and put the extracted frames on the back of my property for them to clean up.  They are swarming the boxes. I went to put a cover over it before today's rain and they were quite aggressive and bumpy.

There were a lot of dead bees around the box and they seemed to be fighting quite a bit. Is this normal? I have never seen them swarm the frames like they are doing today.

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Re: Fighting bees
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2020, 09:43:42 PM »
In a dearth they do go nuts over a food source like that.  They don't typically kill each other though unless of course they start robbing other colonies.  What variety are your bees?

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Re: Fighting bees
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2020, 06:53:25 AM »
I have one hive that is a Carniolan queen and the other 6 are feral bees.

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Re: Fighting bees
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2020, 11:07:49 AM »
Went and had a look this morning. Still quite a few bees robbing out the frames but they seem to be playing nicer today. The frames are in a hive box sitting on top of a wheel barrow. I'm gonna put the frames back in the hives for them to maintain. The moths and bugs get to them in my garage or shed.

« Last Edit: August 23, 2020, 09:01:37 PM by vadentwin »

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Re: Fighting bees
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2020, 10:58:25 PM »
Hopefully they'll use the space for goldenrod soon.

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Re: Fighting bees
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2020, 07:13:39 PM »
Me too. That is one of my favorite honeys