CCD puzzle pieces
Ok I'm not a big fan of polls but maybe this will shed some light on the subject. And maybe give us some more puzzle pieces to the problem. I talked to a gentleman last night and he said that ( in his opinion ) ccd is a combination of a few different things. One is chemicals.
As we all know bees are very sensitive to their environment. They have enough pollution in the air nowdays to deal with. On top of that, we are putting all sorts of chemicals inside of their home, so they can breathe that stuff and be exposed to it all the time.
One big thing is the varroa mite. The bees and mites need a balanced relationship in the hive. We all know that mite free bees just ain't gonna happen. Some of the hives are going to collapse, but the strongest genetics will survive. The fact is that the bees will not have all the "viruses and diseases" that we see in them. It doesn't hurt to do natural treatments, though you don't get progress when you cover up the symptom.
Another one is stress. Anytime that we move the bees or gass em with OA or FGMO puts undo stress on them. Imagine just getting settled in to an area and climate, and living there for a few weeks. Then you get moved to some other area. Its hard on them.
Disclaimer...I am not trying to stir anyone up, just trying to get more thoughts out in the open. It doesn't pay for me to not talk about it. You don't get answers that way. I don't want to tell anyone what to do, nor point fingers either.
I'm not suggesting anything in particular in the way of "how you should do it" but I would like to see what situations were happening with the bees that collapsed.
Everything happens for a reason. Time heals all wounds - time and a half heals them even faster