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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Aug 23, 2015 10:08 AM CST
These appear to be wild honeybees. They suddenly appeared in the corn we feed the roosters.




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They are just rolling in the chopped dry corn. Or, trying to pick it up. I'm concerned they may be diseased, they seem disoriented. Anyone know what's wrong?

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 23, 2015 10:15 AM CST
They could be looking for moisture; has it been dry there?
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 23, 2015 10:17 AM CST
I just looked it up online and they say the bees would most likely be hungry.
This was suggested:
'They are starving and desperate.
Put out a bucket of 4 c soybean flour, 1 c brewers yeast, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp powdered vitamin C sifted together; the bees will go nuts for it'
Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Aug 23, 2015 10:17 AM CST
No chance of mycotoxin/aflatoxin in the corn?
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Aug 23, 2015 10:17 AM CST
It was until 3 days ago, when we got 3". But, the corn is dry as rock. Poor bees are not really doing anything productive, they just think they are. Demented bees.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 23, 2015 10:20 AM CST
Apparently the corn resembles pollen to them.
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Aug 23, 2015 10:21 AM CST
The corn doesn't hurt the chickens, so doubt it is bad. And, the bees are not eating it, they ate unable to pick it up. Actually, the bees are not really accomplishing anything. They're just rubbing in it.
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Aug 23, 2015 10:23 AM CST
I was thinking it looked like pollen too, but they don't pick up even the small pieces. I watch them, they never fly away. They just keep rubbing in it. They never did this before in 12 years
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 23, 2015 10:32 AM CST
It's apparently not uncommon.
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Aug 23, 2015 10:38 AM CST
Really? Will they die?
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