bees died...3 days later alive?

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Funnyfarm, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. Funnyfarm

    Funnyfarm New Member

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    Hi,
    I'm new to this forum looking for an answer to a puzzling question. We had a nasty wind/ rain storm a week back or so I went out after it was all over to check on my bees and they were all dead queen included. The bees are down near my greenhouse and i happened to be down there 3 days later and BAM many bees happily flying about busily doing what it is they do. I opened the box and all the dead ones from before are still dead.
    My question is did more hatch and will they make a new queen? I fed them they are eating and seem OK. Any help or hints would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    BjornBee New Member

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    Yes, I agree. Robbing from another hive, or feral colony.
     
  4. Yuleluder

    Yuleluder New Member

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    Yup robbers. Hey if your deadout attracts robbers for long enough, and is a better place to live then anywhere else around your area, you may attract a swarm. Although I wouldn't hold my breath waiting.
     
  5. Funnyfarm

    Funnyfarm New Member

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    any way to find this feral colony or convince them that my hives are a better place to be?
     
  6. Bens-Bees

    Bens-Bees New Member

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    Yes, beelining.

    A couple of other thoughts... soak the dead queen in a vial of rubbing alcohol to make your own swarm lure... if you have access to a queen (doubtful this time of year) and there are enough robbers, shut them in with the new queen and see if they take to their new home in about 3 days or so. Probably not but you never know.
     
  7. rast

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    Sorry to hear about your bees.
    Another thought, if they are robbers (and I also think they are), when they swarm, if they do, they may very likely come there. Keep a box with some comb in it there.
     
  8. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    a small short warning...

    bees in a cluster early in the spring when the weather is still cold may appear to be dead when it fact they are still quite alive. this typically (this times I have witnessed it) is a combination of cold temperature and insufficient diet. if you are beyond the coldest portion of the year you may even on occasions raise the dead with just a bit of sugar water spray. add a singular frame of uncapped feed once the cluster has begun to move.