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BugsInABox
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Location: Sheffield, UK

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:11 am    Post subject: Starving? Reply with quote

What does a starving hive look like. Been to my bees this morning, all very lethargic, not much activity on the combs or over the brood. Bees on the floor of the hive - some moving some not. Brood, eggs, not sure about larvae, pollen, no nectar (I'd smoked lightly and there was no roar which was the 1st sine of trouble). Not seen the queen. No queen cells/cups - though I guess I could have missed them as I'm in my 1st year.

So I've dusted them liberally with icing sugar, and put in a syrup feeder.
Any other thoughts.
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whereabouts in UK are you? What are other bee keepers experiencing at the moment in your area? If weather is good in your area and there is plenty of forage for them, I probably wouldn't feed but I suspect that is not the case. - I only feed if I think they are likely to starve without it.


I have a swarm in an observation hive. (not with frames but natural comb) that I may resort to feeding. My established colonies all have plenty of stores.

Yes it does sound like they are short and need feeding, especially if you are in an area that is going to be wet all this week.
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BugsInABox
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok update. Hopefully they've pulled through and they certainly seem to have found the feeders which they were ignoring previously. Done an indirection brood and eggs seen (I find it harder to see the larvae now the comb is darkening). Pollen and uncalled nectar, still not seeing any capped stores so I'll keep feeding. But they've gone mean! (Well a bit). Is this just to be expected as the colleney/season grows it could the Queen have been damaged by the brief famin?
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