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Aug 23, 2015 10:08 AM CST
Name: tk
(Zone 8b)

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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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Aug 23, 2015 10:15 AM CST

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They could be looking for moisture; has it been dry there?
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Aug 23, 2015 10:17 AM CST

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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'
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Aug 23, 2015 10:17 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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No chance of mycotoxin/aflatoxin in the corn?
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 23, 2015 10:17 AM CST
Name: tk
(Zone 8b)

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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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Aug 23, 2015 10:20 AM CST

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Apparently the corn resembles pollen to them.
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Aug 23, 2015 10:21 AM CST
Name: tk
(Zone 8b)

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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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Aug 23, 2015 10:23 AM CST
Name: tk
(Zone 8b)

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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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Aug 23, 2015 10:32 AM CST

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It's apparently not uncommon.
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Aug 23, 2015 10:38 AM CST
Name: tk
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Really? Will they die?
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