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mark s 

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morning all
we had a heavy snow fall here last night so went out a cleared of the hive of snow but noticed a lot of chewed wood under the hive,there was none there yesterday.
ive got an omf on so its deffo come from inside the hive.
is this a bad sign do i need to act.
the bees are in a national brood,hope this is enough info
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My immediate thought is rats.

My 2nd thought is why are you shoveling snow away from the hive? In snowy conditions it is better to keep them in so turn your efforts around and shovel snow over the entrance.

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hi ph
no visible rat damage outside and i thought it better too clear the entrance to the hive of snow,so i just leave it covered then yes?
ive already done the drive and the pavement lol
 

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I would leave it covered, the bees can breathe fine and it stops them making silly flights and getting lost and chilled.

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