Bees

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  1. Ronald R Williams says:

    Hiya: Small time beekeeper, 7 hives going into winter, seems like 6 now as spring approches. Got a Question. Around the middle of January of this year, 22 degrees F. with 2 ft of snow on ground, I went out to feed and leave my chickens out & the ground was full of dead honeybees , all over the snow, even in the front yard. Anyone got a clue to what happened that night, all hives were not touched. Last year I left the Lord’s honeybees have all the honey that they made last year. Just a old man trying to take care of my Lord’s bees just Ron

  2. MikeH says:

    Hi Ron,

    I got this response:

    My guess is that sometime before your trip to the beeyard, you had a sunny but cold day. The sun convinced the bees that it was warm enough to attempt a cleansing flight. Once outside, some of the bees landed on the snow, chilled and couldn’t fly back to the hive.

    When I read this, I remembered a couple of recent posts on a beekeeping blog that I follow – here and here. While she doesn’t specifically describe your situation, I can see how what she’s describing could lead to your situation. And her comments fit the response I got in the beekeepers forum.

    Where are you located?

    Mike

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