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  1. rcb216

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    Some of those bees looked like they were fighting.
     
  3. Drahts

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    Looks like he may have one. Either that or a local hive is robbing from that hive. Could suit up and open it up and check too. If they are in there, I'd close it up, keep feeding em and give a week to 10 days then go in again and find the queen and make sure she's laying. He'll have to feed that hive as the main flow is bout over. Good Luck!
     
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    That is about the same thing I told him. But I don’t know much more the he does. Want your guys opinion. I have never seen anything like they was doing. Kinda outta my expertise. I’ll see if there behavior changes tomorrow and get another video if I have time.
     
  5. Nock

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    So is the hive empty? Just using it to feed with?
     
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    He just put it there a few weeks ago in hopes of catching a late swarm. Been putting sugar water out to feed neighboring wild bees. He called me today to see what I thought. Normally there is only a few bees getting a drink then flying off. Never this. He wasn’t sure about it. Looks like some are coming in and out like a regular hive. But some seem like they are fighting. And some are almost bearding like they have a Queen they are protecting. Wanted to see what you guys thought.
     
  7. Nock

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    Fighting is bees from different colonies. He’s feeding every colony in a 2.5 mile radius. Reason for more bees is dearth is setting in. Not much natural nectar now. Couple weeks ago there was still a flow. They weren’t too concerned about sugar water. They go for what’s the best and that will be natural first. Notice how they are bunching up on the corners of those feeders. If they start to leak and drip to the outside it’s like ringing a bell to other bees. That’s how robbing starts. Let’s say he did have a colony in that box and it wasn’t a strong hive. It would get overrun and they would take everything from them. And in the process possibly killing the queen. Go back tomorrow and if there is still feed the number off bees will probably be doubled in size.
     
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    Bees eating the easy food supply. I would remove the sugar water and open the hive to see what is inside.

    I know of one woman who has a humming bird feeder up and it is covered with bees . Birds can not use the feeder at all because it is covered with bees. We have Humming bird feeders out but they are not fancy but we have no bees at those feeders. I have 5 hives of bees about 200 ft from these feeders.
     
  9. Nock

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    Your hummingbird bird feeders aren’t leaking. Hers is.
     
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    I don't know but I think it is the way her feeder is made.
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    I have 4 hummingbird feeders within 50yds of my hives and not a bee on em, but I am still feeding my bees as they are 2 new Nucs as of mid June, and I do still have some nectar flow as my clover is blooming again, my buckwheat is pretty much done, but my wildflower patch is still going strong and will til late Sept. So long as we get some rain every lil bit there will be some natural from that patch and the bees are on it heavy. Actually found some sourwood blooming yesterday too. My bees are still coming in with dusty faces and pollen packs on their legs. Saw a lot of orange packs this morning.
     
  12. rcb216

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    Wife washed all our hummingbird feeders this morning. She noted how one was full of sweat bees but none of the others where. All where same type but diff colors. Maybe a certain color? None seem to have any honeybees swarming them.
     
  13. Nock

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    Been seeing that orange pollen here as well.
     
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    If it is pure buckwheat , I am sure you can mow and harrow it lightly and it will come back and bloom again. I know my son had a acre of it by his bees and that is what he did .
    I scattered some Buckwheat close by my bees in a 10th of a acre plot a couple weeks ago and it is starting to bloom . It does have grass and weeds but lots of Buckwheat.
     
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