If you have a yard of 20 hives, and upon inspection, find one hive that has completely absconded, could this be seen as CCD related in any way?
Absconding to include finding no bees at all. Nothing, not dead or alive, and not the small cluster that many have mentioned.
In yards with CCD, did it start with one hive and grow from there, or was the effects sudden and complete throughout the yard?
I received a phone call from a beekeeper who is concerned after finding one hive completely empty. Two weeks ago, everything looked fine.
I am wondering about the natural absconding rate. I think at one time absconding was very rare. But of recent years (10-20), with virus, pesticides, mite, shb, and other pressures, absconding is higher now.
Is there any data on absconding rates?
Can one hive in a yard of twenty be seen as CCD, and not normal absconding?
Comments???? Thank you.