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Late yesterday afternoon, I took one of the hives apart in order to put a pollen patty on -- There were a sizeable quantity of bees in the super. I put the patty on and then I heard the roar begin.

So far, I am thinking that maybe the queen is in the super. So I looked frame by frame and no queen. It is hard to imagine that I killed the queen as I didn't remove any of the frames of the deep. But what else would cause this roar.

I am going back out to see if the roar is diminished or see anything else unusual about this hive. Maybe no pollen is coming in...
 

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A dead queen will not cause the roar instantly. It would be at least several hours. If you did kill the queen, the roar may be there the next day, but not while you were standing there.

A cool day, a stiff breeze, or a cloud will bring it on instantly.
 
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