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Floss 

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I have recently noticed a small number of dead bees appearing outside one of my hives (there were 12 outside the hive entrance this morning as if they had been ejected as part of a clean!).

Am I right in assuming that this is normal at this time of year as the colony reduces?

I have seen 2 bees with deformed wings (have read the thread) but no more - they otherwise seem ok, bringing in stores, still feeding and have been treated with Apiguard recently?

Is this just newbie pre winter anxiety?

Cheers! Floss
 

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I'm assuming that they're not drones that have been ejected as the temperatures have started to drop?
 

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definately not drones - have'nt seen one for a while.
 

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I have found sometimes that after puttting on the apiguard that it kills off a few bees. It could also be the temperatures dropping as mentioned above. As long as its not a lot of bees (into the hundreds) they should be ok. :cheers2:
 

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Tx for your replies. I checked again to day and there were a couple of bees moving corpses outside the hive - not lots but a few. I was struck that there were a number of seemingly dead varroa on the landing board outside the hive entrances and again outside the hive. I assume they have come of the dead bees and hopefully are a result of my apiguarding??? The nights are much cooler also and there seems to be significantly less acitivity outside the hive. Should I stopped feeding and remove the QE?

Am I right in assuming that there is nothing more I can do? I am waiting to install my OMF asap (arrived today) and then there are good to go for the winter - fingers crossed.

Floss
 

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