My fucking bees

Hey everyone. Sorry for the blog post but I gotta ask Wauf this question since I’m a new bee keeper and supply
my store with honey, sugar, and beeswax.
Since the start of November my bees have been fucking dying. I have no clue why. I treat them well, give them open space, and always maintain them properly according to protocol. You would think they would be happy, healthy, and full of energy right? WRONG!!! I go out this morning to check on them. Only to find maybe 4 or 5 bees flying out of the hive while there are at least 500 fucking dead bees on the floor surrounding the hive. The queen is still there, and she looks healthy, but her workers are all fucking dead.
So what the fuck? Why are my bees dying? The bee-keeper forums keep telling me that I’m neglecting them, which I am not. This hive has been good from the start of the year when I started bee keeping. Now all my bees are fucking dead.
Why the fuck are my bees dying? Pic rel is was the colony looks like.

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Perhaps Im retarded for asking but how do you keep a bee hive made of moist bee syrup dry?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      the bee syrup is not so moist. the bees try and and make it as not moist as possible.
      they also put it in wax tubes and cover the tubes with more wax.
      they also glue up all the gaps and cracks and inside surfaces of the hive with a kind of waxy resin. if their entrance hole is too big they build a wall of wax.
      basically they know what theyre doing

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    OP here. Holy smokes this post blew up and is still going. I resolved the issue, a lot of moisture had been built up causing a large amount of mould to grow towards the rear of the hive. Pictured is the current infestation of Mold on the very bottom of the hive that’s usually covered by the first layer.
    My poor fucking bees.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      what happens next anon?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Symptom is not the cause! A healthy hive can overcome mold and moth larvae. You gotta really need to investigate this.

  3. 1 month ago
    INFRARED DRAGON

    this pic legit made me sad
    RIP lil bees, i'll pray for your lil souls...
    OP hope you become a better beekeeper

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    November. Temperature change. Plants die off. Me would look into a heater, put sugar water jugs on hive for workers. Just enough heat to keep it above fucking cold as fuck. Domestic bees are kinda weak right now...but I would read alot of books. Also, metaphysical. Don't be mad at them for dying. Feel sorry for their loss and feel like your asking what to do , like praying, a solution may come to you in strange ways be open to it.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    where you going bees?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      why dont you just go in here

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        explain what's happening here please. coolest pics of anything i've seen in a while

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          the bees dont like to be all spread out in the sun so they walk uphill to find somewhere to hide.
          its a good trick to get them in the hive

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            that's nifty as shit. what about the top two photos, surely that's just for quick transport and not a shipping box right? is the same or similar trick used to get them in there? and then how the heck do you get them moved from crawling all over the insides of the box to dumped altogether in a big pile on the sheet?

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              well whats happening here

              https://i.imgur.com/YgndWI9.jpg

              where you going bees?

              is that the bees have swarmed away from the original hive. i knew they were going to do this and made a second hive ready. they settled on those willow branches and formed into a cluster.
              i put the box up to the branches and clipped them off so they fell into the box. after a while the bees regrouped inside the box. its just a normal 18" cardboard box.
              then i just dumped them out in front of the new hive. i probably had to shake the box or something i cant remember. i think i got 2 or 3 stings the whole time

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    is OP even still in this thread?
    my thought was that hes been opening the hive in cold weather and chilled the bees too much.
    anyway id always find 100s of corpses on the floor when i opened the hive in spring.
    i say its a natural thing as bees are continuously dying thru the winter and cant fly off by themselves nor will any others tidy up the bodies til the weathers warm again.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It isn't natural. It is natural for bees to leave the hive to die they do not die enmass inside the hive. The only time this happens naturally is when the workers genocide the drones. I would guess based off what I've heard here that something is wrong with the honey. The honey may have fermented.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >It isn't natural. It is natural for bees to leave the hive to die they do not die enmass inside the hive.
        ok i defer to you seem to know what you are talking, im just going on my anecdote and just a couple of years passive beeskeeping. i know thwy leave the hive by themselves to go off and die.
        >only time this happens naturally
        what do you think of my idea that op opened the hive in cold weather and so killed the outer layer of bees which did not manage to fly away?
        if the core of bees is still survivng and op leaves them be, hopefully the queen and enough workers live to the spring

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          i mean if some bees are still living then the honey must be ok?

          It isn't natural. It is natural for bees to leave the hive to die they do not die enmass inside the hive. The only time this happens naturally is when the workers genocide the drones. I would guess based off what I've heard here that something is wrong with the honey. The honey may have fermented.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            hey op,
            are you still here?
            i declare all these poison and bad honey theorists to be gays because
            they are all eating the same honey so if its bad then they would all be dead.
            dont open your hive again until spring. good luck!

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              OP literally admitted he let his hive get mouldy and rot

              They’re Italian bees, well suited to higher elevations
              [...]
              Okay this makes a lot of sense, upon inspecting the back of the hive a lot of mold/rot was found. Meaning moisture is contaminating the hive. Shit.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                well so what?
                he also admitted the queen is alive and there are bees clustered around her.

                They are balled up around the queen but there are too many dead bees to justify it just being a winter die-off.
                [...]
                Yes, there is a source of water and they are given a sticky nectar formula for the winter.

                this shows that the honey is not bad and that op is opening the hive in winter

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    bees dying depress me. I want to burn the people who burnt the hives of that one beekeepers who was breeding stronger bees or something.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I ask my dad about your issue bro. He said it's probably a hunger issue.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      In addition he ruled out the possibility of toxin since your image indicates bees found within the hive however as I re-read your post
      >500 fucking dead bees on the floor surrounding the hive

      He confirms that poisoning is highly likely.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Need more pics.

    Build some moisture quilts, they are great for managing condensation. They’re basically a vented shallow super with window screen over the bottom that you put between your lid and the rest of the hive and fill with wood shavings. Tilting your hive forward at a slight angle helps too.

    If the mold is on your comb, you fucked up and your bees tried to store syrup. Winter feeding should be for emergencies only, with a preference for anything low moisture- like candy boards or sugar blocks.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i do research in bee virology; need to see more photos. can you show pictures of the hive box setup? what kind of insulation are you using?

    looks too late but as another anon said, moisture kills bees in the winter. we put our colonies on a table off the ground, built a straw berm around the colonies, and put some candy board/foam board in right below the telescopic lid.

    basically you want to maintain airflow that wicks moisture out of the colony but you want to make sure that it isn't pooling on the top of the lid (hence the insulation)

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm a beekeeper and queen breeder that manages 2 thousand queens. I need more info. Show photos of the dead and of your racks.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    can you produce royal jelly and bee bread ? these are true "superfoods"

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Either somebody in the area is using pesticides (they even stick onto nectar and polen) or you have some bee disease that affects adult bees

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Your problem is that you don't have a diverse ecosystem.
    Unless you allow some hornets into your hive, the hive will not survive.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous
  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Looks like CCD. Sounds like you are feeding them sugar. Look into adding Fumagillin. Also DO NOT combine a collapsing hive with a strong one.
    >https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder
    Best of luck beefren.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    you might have better luck on Wrong board

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    sounds like they were vaxxed, sorry OP

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I want sex with the bee bitch that went on joe Rogan
    Do you think the bald manlet already fucked her.....

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I already did. Slipped it in her brown-eye when she relaxed. I call it the "stinger." Dropped some of my honey on her back, if you get what I'm saying.

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    chemtrails are probably killing them or they found some flowers covered in pesticides

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because you don't Bee-lieve in them, OP.

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Most bees have a 6 month life span.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I dunno check for 5g tower or something i guess. As far as i know, they don't like the frequency it emits

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are you legit making a living, or even a profit, off bee keeping?
    I used to keep two hives but they died from mystery disease

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not that much but it’s a decent side hustle tbh. I ordered a new hive just now incase my queen kicks the bucket.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        How much do you make and where are you? How big is the hive?
        I wish I could do it but I live in an apartment 🙁
        I'm wondering if I could maybe make an indoor one with tubing... but my neighbors would hate me. I guess I have to buy a home

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    They are just pining for the fjords.

  25. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    did you harvest to much honey? I'm not expert or even a laymen but I thought I read somewhere that you can't harvest too much of their honey or else they don't have enough to last the winter.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      We've already figured out the problem, he had mold. The mold murdered his bees. Pay attention.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The part of the hive that you harvest is the excess supply, honey bees produce far more honey than they'd ever need.

  26. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    So bees are basically the aliens from Signs. Thanks Wauf

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Water. Its always water.
    bros dont understand that bees being slightly wet kills them off.
    They like to be dry. They can handle cold just fine, but being wet kills them.
    They’re covered in tiny hairs, and getting wet is like wearing wet clothes in the cold. (Bad time)
    Do everything to keep them dry and kill humidity in the hive.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      the fuck do wild bees do when it rains? just die?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Wild bees aren’t in a bee box counting on humans to optimize their conditions. They’re ideally up inside of tree hollows and under cliffs where they won’t soak up water. Sure wild bees can fuck up and build in a bad spot but in that case the queen isn’t trapped under an excluder and can just tell the workers to follow her somewhere else.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      IF ITS WATER, PUT ROCKSALT SOME WHERE IN THERE, INNA BURALP BAG, IT WILL ABSORB HUMIDITY.

  28. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    aw jeez louise not the bees!

  29. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Pretty sure Sergey was involved in ths

  30. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    check for parasites

  31. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >He didn't take the shrimpfarming pill.

    Beefags BTFO (by bad weather).

  32. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >why they die
    There’s a common pathogen that kills honeybees easily, I think it was called dead queen syndrome or something
    Also mites and microbes kill them easily and it’s very common among honeybees
    Discoloration and weird flying patterns id an indication of a sick bee (sudden bee paralysis)
    You can’t really fight against it, it’s natural occurring, don’t know any about meds
    >t. Bee biologist

  33. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I strangled them with a tiny piano wire, one by one

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Please tell me you raped them first

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I made the workers watch while I took her Royal Highness and then pulled out the wire

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You're a good man leaving her alive so OP can recover.

  34. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Well, personally I'm allergic to bees... soooo ya. Sorry for your loss, but fuck those death bois

  35. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    it's probably covid, you need to vax each of them.

  36. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Very difficult but I would avoid syrups entirely and look into biodynamic beekeeping and use smaller cap sizes to limit the amount of mites in your hive. You can try to treat the mites with Thymol and other solutions. You didn’t mention your climate and the climate is a major determining factor as to what is going wrong.

  37. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Did they get ahold of some fentanyl?

  38. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    just bee yourself

  39. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    maybe the temperature was too low and theyre used to a more southern climate

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      They’re Italian bees, well suited to higher elevations

      Okay here [...] you mention there is mold growth on the back of your hive, mold indicates there must be a high presence of moisture. Moisture is the ultimate killer of bees. Where I live most bee keepers take their bees into the interior for the winter where it is much dryer, even though it’s much colder in the interior because it’s drier the bees are much better off. When the bees get wet they are unable to heat up. A wet cold is very very bad. The beekeepers that keep their bees here typically have a setup to reduce as much moisture as possible from entering the hive. They do things like reducing vegetation around the hives and having a pad that is rock or concrete or anything that doesn’t hold as much moisture as grass or dirt, the best is a bee house. A little shelter that has a floor that is raised off the ground a good amount and a big roof, that way there is alway a large dry perimeter around the beehives and the bee boxes don’t ever get wet. Even though the bee boxes are by design to keep moisture out the second layer of defence of a bee house ensures that minimum moisture gets in and is necessary in areas where there is lots of precipitation

      Okay this makes a lot of sense, upon inspecting the back of the hive a lot of mold/rot was found. Meaning moisture is contaminating the hive. Shit.

  40. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Transmissions from our smartphones are confusing and killing the bees. It's gotten so bad you rarely see them anymore during the summertime.

  41. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe they are getting too much moisture in their hive? Maybe there isn’t enough honey for them to feed off of in which case you should do sugar feeding, I do not recommend sugar feeding though as it’s not healthy for the bees once they are established. Is there a source of water near by for them to drink out of?

  42. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just walk it off bro

  43. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Too cold. They should be balled up during winter time to stay warm during hibernation. Some bees will die in this process but it shouldn't be the whole hive

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      They are balled up around the queen but there are too many dead bees to justify it just being a winter die-off.

      Maybe they are getting too much moisture in their hive? Maybe there isn’t enough honey for them to feed off of in which case you should do sugar feeding, I do not recommend sugar feeding though as it’s not healthy for the bees once they are established. Is there a source of water near by for them to drink out of?

      Yes, there is a source of water and they are given a sticky nectar formula for the winter.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Okay here

        There are species of fungus which can hurt bees but a lot of fungus actually helps them since it kills mites which can lead to a total colony collapse. I checked out the hive an hour ago and there are no mites or signs of fungal growth but there is a lot of what looks like mold on the rear of the hive.

        you mention there is mold growth on the back of your hive, mold indicates there must be a high presence of moisture. Moisture is the ultimate killer of bees. Where I live most bee keepers take their bees into the interior for the winter where it is much dryer, even though it’s much colder in the interior because it’s drier the bees are much better off. When the bees get wet they are unable to heat up. A wet cold is very very bad. The beekeepers that keep their bees here typically have a setup to reduce as much moisture as possible from entering the hive. They do things like reducing vegetation around the hives and having a pad that is rock or concrete or anything that doesn’t hold as much moisture as grass or dirt, the best is a bee house. A little shelter that has a floor that is raised off the ground a good amount and a big roof, that way there is alway a large dry perimeter around the beehives and the bee boxes don’t ever get wet. Even though the bee boxes are by design to keep moisture out the second layer of defence of a bee house ensures that minimum moisture gets in and is necessary in areas where there is lots of precipitation

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          They’re Italian bees, well suited to higher elevations
          [...]
          Okay this makes a lot of sense, upon inspecting the back of the hive a lot of mold/rot was found. Meaning moisture is contaminating the hive. Shit.

          what the fuck, someone actually got legit beekeeping advice on biz

          I thought this was a chainlink forum

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Wholesome 100

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            honestly would bee the best board on Wauf if they made one

  44. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe they sleep? Looks comfy

  45. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Neighbors spraying shit on their property?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      No pesticides in my area

      Maybe they sleep? Looks comfy

      They do sleep but these are dead bees.

  46. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Did you provide them with a source of food for winter? My workplace has a couple of beehives and the guy who mantains them came around and just dumped a big tub of syrup straight into the hive at the start of winter so they could continue producing honey.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yes, the syrup trick works really well but I have this special formula that the bees moved back in January. There is also a heated pond 15 meters from the hive.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >takes all their natural food (honey) and replaces it with goyslop
        >wonder why they die
        kek

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Did you provide them with a source of food for winter? My workplace has a couple of beehives and the guy who mantains them came around and just dumped a big tub of syrup straight into the hive at the start of winter so they could continue producing honey.

        yes yes yes give the goyslop cornsyrup, definitely not the antimicrobial nectar that they've been tirelessly making for you!

  47. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    theyre just sleepy

  48. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    isnt there a fungus that kills bees? can you get them tested for it?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      There are species of fungus which can hurt bees but a lot of fungus actually helps them since it kills mites which can lead to a total colony collapse. I checked out the hive an hour ago and there are no mites or signs of fungal growth but there is a lot of what looks like mold on the rear of the hive.

  49. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    In some way shape or form , you can be sure that the garden gnomes were involved.
    Were there pesticides near the flowers or pollination spots that your bees are buzzing around?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Our local ordinance prohibits the use of pesticides in our area since there are other hives in our area both natural and artificial.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Then you have a neighbor that hates your bees, might also be the other neighbor with bees eliminating competition.

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