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  1. #1
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    Default Really bad smelling honey

    We were extracting Friday and in one frame there is a patch (about 2/3 of the frame) that is extremely dark and smells like poop. I'm not joking, it's not dirty sock smell like goldenrod, it's poop. I'm going to cut it out and bring some to EAS.

    I've talked to one other beekeeper that says he's found small amounts of the same but neither of us know the source. Any guesses? Does buckwheat have a bad odor before extracting?

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    Lightbulb Re: Really bad smelling honey

    To me is sounds like the honey has odor attached to it, but i don't believe the root of the smell is honey. I believe you have American Foulbrood disease in your hive.

    Basic telling if you have (AFB) is there's a sulfurous odor of decay, almost like a chicken house smell.

    It is a disorder restricted to brood, but adult bees play a role in the disease cycle by spreading the highly and long lived spores. its recommended you burn such hives. Best way to confirm this is by doing a ropy test, Take a small stick and twirl it around inside a brood cell. When you pull the stick out the brood is stringy and ropes out about an inch or more then you know your hive are positive for the (AFB)

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    Default Re: Really bad smelling honey

    No, it's not AFB--how can it be? The smell is coming from the exact location of the honey in the frame where we've broken the capping when removing the frame from the super.

    No smell in the brood chamber, none in other locations of the hive. And it smells like poop, not AFB (seriously, it smells like poop.)

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    Default Re: Really bad smelling honey

    I would not eat the honey then, get it over to some one that can PHYSICALLY inspect it.

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    Default Re: Really bad smelling honey

    I'm guessing the honey is dark - most likely bamboo honey or even buckwheat honey which is pitch black.

    Glenn

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    Default Re: Really bad smelling honey

    "Kebler was fortunate enough to investigate some of the poisonous honey following a case of poisoning in New Jersey. He examined a part of the comb of the dark honey which had a light brown color and a nauseating odor, pungent taste, caused a burning sensation in back of the mouth similar to that of aconite. Persons who partook of a small amount of this honey began to cough immediately." American Honey Plants, by Frank C. Pellett, page 205.
    "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Nathan Hale, 1776

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    Default Re: Really bad smelling honey

    I doubt buckwheat, Its one of my favorites.
    Doesn't smell anything like poop.
    Dan

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