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Dead bees at the entrance of hive, should I be concerned?

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I have a new hive.  I got a nuc on April 15 and set up my hive.  It has been cold and rainy here so I haven't had a chance to open the hive and check on the bees.  I have been feeding them sugar water and noticed bees coming and going out of the hive.  Today, I found 4 dead bees at the entrance of the hive.  It has literally rained here everyday this past week and it is cold.  Should I be concerned?  I don't want to open the hive in this nasty weather and get the bees chilled.  Is there anything I should do?

asked Apr 24, 2017 in Beginner by boosuz egg (130 points)

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In my experience, I would say not to open the hive. Keep feeding and wait for better weather to deep inspection.

Bees dies at hundreds every day in a full hive, If someone dies inside the hive, the other bees will take them outside to keep everything clean. So, a few bees at the entrance could be normal
answered May 24, 2017 by neftaligb egg (180 points)
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Yes, you should be concerned. Worker bees usually remove away dead bees from the hive and if they have not been removed, then there is a problem. Bees can die due to old age, starvation or poisoning. If the population of dead bees is small then you shouldn't worry much but if population of dead bees is huge either inside or outside the hive, then there is a big problem. It is important to monitor the rate at which the bees die and if the rate is quetionable, then seek advise from experts.
answered Jul 4, 2017 by fredchiaji egg (250 points)
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I wouldnt be concerned about 4 dead bees at entrance. Keep an eye on it though. 

answered Sep 16, 2017 by RoseberyHoney egg (140 points)

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