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SteveJ 

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I rescued a colony at the weekend. I went to top up the feeder I put on last night and noticed there is a funny smell coming from the colony. If I where to describe it I would say smelt something like Dried Dog Piddle. Is it anything I need to worry about?

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Dried Dog Piddle.
It's raining outside so can't check on this but it might be something the bees are foraging on, such as ragwort or even ivy, although I don't think the latter will be in flower yet.

It is also possible your rescued colony have something nasty. Have you examined the combs?
 

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