HIVE DOWN,!!!!, Lost one of the 15, down to 14. This was a hive that started as a cut-out and was going into their second winter. Looking back and going through the hive, lots of possible factors that may have led to their demise. I noticed a lot of darker portions on top of the frames (appears to me to be water/moisture stains). There were at least 12 queen cells (most of them appeared old/safety net cells) on the frames (thirty in all). This hive was not checked regularly enough in the fall, so going into winter I did not have a good knowledge base of their health/status going into winter. Of course some mites in the oil tray but not excessive, and remaining brood not stringy. Long story short, not a dead bee in the hive, but lots of resources for the spring.:scAttachment 3946Attachment 3947Attachment 3948Attachment 3949ratch: How they began,,,Attachment 3950 Good news is that I made a split from them earlier in the year, so their genetics will live on. (which time will tell if this is a good thing or not) :D
Lost another hive within the last month, probably quite recently. It was a city hive next to the one I lost sometime in like November. This time there were a bunch of dead bees on the SBB, and a very small cluster of dead bees in between two frames. I didn't see the queen in the cluster but will investigate more when I bring the hive home. There were bees in the empty comb sticking butt out and the same symtoms as the last dead out, some emerging brood with tongues out and a few cells of capped brood. No eggs and no exposed larva this time. Cell cappings were not perforated or sunk in either. As for food.........a full 10 frame deep packed with honey.....................and ants. Also seen a couple dead SHB. Another thing I noticed is the fresh nectar that was brought in, some clear and a lot with a cloudy white substance. Anyone guess what the white substance is?? And with this hive loss, im down to 6 from 8, 25% loss so far...........Ollie im going to win the "most losses" competition if it keeps going this way!
A squirrel or mouse tried to chew through the top entrance.
Dead bees on SBB
Size of the small cluster of dead bees that were between the two frames.
White substance in cells of nectar?
One out of 7 down.
My nuc that was having trouble raising a queen in the fall died.
Down one of four, with two weak and one booming!
12 HIVES 2 NUCS as of today lost 1 since i jumped in this thread.:(
Picked up the dead out today and looked through it. Obvious signs of Varroa death, deformed wings of dead bees on bottom board, white specks in the cells and so on, will pull some capped larva to see if mites are present on them. The white stuff is either fermentation or crystalizing nectar, no smell of chemicals. Searching through all the dead bees on the bottom board and didn't find the queen, she may have died earlier and got carried out, or her corpse dropped out when I lifted the boxes apart. Going to do oxalic acid vapor treatment on my country hives tomorrow, even though they looked like they were doing great!
Hate to hear that you lost another hive BG, the OAV should make a difference with the others.
Thanks WWW! Gonna do the first treatment tomorrow on the 6 hives I have left! Take care!
Did powdered sugar mite tests on some of our hives Friday, 60F weather!
Numbers where very low over here, shouldn't need to check again for a couple months.
Well i lost two hives to this last cold snap we are having 0- temps with wind but i know they may not make it trought to spring they had weak hums last time i checked and the hum check seems to work. Thats ok going in to this past spring my goals where to have 10 this coming spring and i'm still 2 ahead of my goals. I now have xtra frames with comb and hives to to play with and i sure did learn alot this past year.
I put an ear to the colonies today. I have lost one more over this cold snap. It was a three deep set up. To be honest it was not set up the best for winter. The stores were not as heavy in the top box as I would have liked and they never moved up. They starved out in the middle box around a patch of brood. Last winter I think they would have made it as it didn't really get cold long enough to keep them isolated. It was not a case of CCD, or AFB, or PMS, but rather a case of PPB (p*** poor beekeeping). I have 28/30 colonies that I planned to overwinter still alive.
Viewing of the deceased is contained in the first 3 pictures of the attached link. http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/us...neyWI/library/
All hives still alive. Temps were in the 40's today after several days of teens and twenties. Carni's were out flying but the Italians didn't get out much. Checked the stores of the hives and most still had lots of honey. Italians were some what lighter then the rest. They had eaten about half of the 8 pound sugar cake that was placed on top of the frames earlier. Carni's hadn't gotten into the sugar cakes yet. Observations so far, Carnie's are more active in colder temps and Italians eat more stores. I am hoping to be able to determine which sized hives do better over winter, 5 frame nucs, full 8/10 frame supers, mediums, deeps, singles or doubles. It sounds like, so far, small nucs are doing better then larger hives.
I placed a stethoscope on the hives today and knocked, all six hives greeted me with the familiar zzzzZZZZZzzzz, I am still in the hunt.
The extremely cold weather over the last few weeks is letting up for this coming week, this should give the bees some flying time, then the temps will drop again by weeks end.
I am well on my way to winning this competition. Losses spotted so far at various yards:
40%, 60%, 100%, 0%, 0%, 0%, 30%, 42%
The 0% and 100% are both two hive sites within a mile of each other, both stocked with bait hives caught on site.
That's some pretty tough losses Ollie, looks like you may be right on course to winning the hard way. On a serious note though, I hope you are close enough to spring to turn these loses around and start rebuilding.
Wow Ollie, those are some tough losses. But, within a few months you will be back up to par with your trap line!!
Congrats on having everything surviving so far!! I checked the hives today just to see the mite drop since Friday............holy smokes, amazing!!! I lifted one double deep off the hive pallet and counted 35 dead mites on the solid bottom board, lifted the second double deep off and counted a whopping 72 dead mites!! The third double deep had 27 dead mites!! Looks like the OAV treatment worked after all!! Going to treat again Thursday after work and then finish up with another treatment the following week. Wish I could have treated my two dead outs, I bet the bottom board would have been red!! Think I might transfer my nucs into single deeps Thursday also and treat them as well. The entrances are to small to treat with the OAV right now.
On a side note, LOTS of yellow pollen coming in right now!!
I didn't chime in at the start of the fall with what I had for hive counts but since I went out yesterday and looked all give you guys what I've got for numbers. You can either believe me or think I'm B.S'ing ya.
I started the spring with 36 hives which quickly turned to 39 due to a swarm and 2 splits I made. By the end of the summer I was down to 36 hives and ~20 nuc's. Went out and checked all of my hives last weekend and all but one of my nucs had died (I figured the rest weren't going to make it because I didn't really do much to help them make it through, they were made up to late in the year); however, all of my hives (except for 1 that was queenless, morbid curiosity on how they would fare forced me to leave them be) are still alive. So I have 1 nucleus still alive and 35 production still alive as of yesterday out of ~20 nucs, and 36. No idea how you guys are doing your maths but in my mind, that nuc will turn around and become a full size production colony as soon as mid march hits and the weather permits so I went into winter with 36 hives and I'm coming out of winter with 36 hives (hopefully). Last year was my first year raising queens and creating nucs so the nucs I'm chalking up 100% to a learning experience. I learned A LOT about the nuc management and queen breeding so hopefully this year they will fare quite a bit better.
That's all for now =D
Sorry to hear about the nucs, we have been counting a lost nuc as a lost hive. So no difference.