Hive Smell

MrNomasMarch 27, 2011

I'm looking for some information about bees and hives. I'm writing a story with a minor character that keeps bees. There is a short scene where the main character visits the bee keeper. I was wondering if you could describe what a healthy hive smells like. There is lots of talk on these boards of foul smells associated with sick or dying hives. Does that mean that a healthy hive has little to no smell? The character would be very close to the hive so even minor smells would be noticed.

Thanks in advance.

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misskimmie(z4b Central NY)

HEllo and welcome, Since no one has answered I'll jump in. I'm not familiar with fowl smells/sick hive. I've only had my hive for a few years, however, I grew up with hives in the back yard. Every summer certainly in August, on certain days when the wind and air was just right, I could smell the hive, even thought I was . It was the smell of honey but it did smell different from the honey I smelled in the comb... maybe what I smelled was honey and bee sweat (lol). Burn a beeswax candle. That smell comes close to what I remember of the smell.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2011 at 8:36PM
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MrNomas

Misskimmie,

Thank you so much for answering. I thought I had subscribed to notifications of this thread but apparently didn't. You've definitely helped.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 12:23PM
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tonybeeguy

Sometimes a hive, especially when fairly new or if you move it, gives off an awesome lemony smell. This is from the nasanov glands of the workers telling their sisters where home is. Other times you just get a kind of sweet smell of wax and honey. After a while, you kind of recognize the smell of a healthy hive and it's wonderful

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 11:55PM
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