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Thread: Chalkbrood

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Mercer Island, WA, USA


    Chalkbrood has not been a problem for me for about 8 years since I relocated my hive from a cold air pocket. Now I have lots in a split. Is it the "fault" of the new queen? My inclination is to recombine the split, remove the new queen and use the old queen for another year. Any thoughts out there?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Reading England


    Hi Dan,
    I'm fairly new at this, but also battled with CB this year in one hive. Here in UK it's common. I read about spraying brood frames with sugar syrup to encourage bees to remove mummies. It worked very well. I was thinking that the temperature and or strain was at fault, but after seeing it clear up I doubt it. It did warm up, and a lot of brood hatched at the same time as I was about to give up and tried the spray...I'm glad I didn't kill her.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2000
    Sequim / Wa / USA


    Hello John
    I have one off the wall thoughts on that not having gone into the depth of chalkbrood combatting.
    For the first time chalk brood has invaded my domain.
    And I know of more in the neighborhood.
    Requeening is not thought of right awy. It is said the humidity has a bearing on that as well as the queen.
    Now, Why the queen as culprit ?
    In my case all colonies which are affected are also good house keepers ( My harping horse). They dig those mummies out and carry them outside.
    It reasons that it is a genetic trait inherited by/from the queen. Then Leave it alone and it will be taken care of by the bees.
    On the other hand : IF the colony is not a good housekeeping bunch, then again it is the cause of the queen genetics in which case one could contemplate replacing the queen. You thoughts on that please.
    Happy beeing


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