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You don't need to open the hive to do that.
It is actually best to obtain a sample of older bees - foragers.

When the bees are flying for foraging (avoid peak orientation flight occasions), close up the entrance so the bees can't get in. Wait a few minutes and you will have lots of bees trying to get back inside.
Take your sample from those returning foragers.
And don't forget to reopen the hive entrance!
iagree: we need to not go in until it gets warmer lost heat and stress for the girls remember we could do more harm than good
be patient :iagree::iagree:
 

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Weeze

It's still too early to worry - and good that they weren't aggressive, which I've always found to be the first sympton of Q-
have another look in a week or two but duggest wait til +13c
 

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update. beautiful day here and took a look.
the queen is back laying with lots of sealed and unsealed brood.
they finished all the syrup too

thanks again for all your help and advice
 

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The BEST bit of advice I have ever had, from a beekeeper of 50 years standing was: "give it a week"
It has done me more good, and saved me from making mistakes more than anything else I've ever been told in beekeeping!
 

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Unless the problem is occupied queen cells! And I could think of a few others, but certainly stepping back and considering all the options is a very good idea.
 

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