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  1. #21
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    Default Re: First deadout of the winter

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    Two clusters, mites. One cluster, mites. No cluster, mites. Honey, mites. No honey, mites. Mites, mites. No mites, mites. Beetles, mites. No beetles, mites. Bees, mites. No bees, mites. Maybe every hive I lose is due to mites. But at this point, with the analysis I've been given, I don't know how I should know the difference.
    Another thought, Nosema. Due to mites. No really, Nosema. Have you done any investigating to see what your Nosema levels are like? Then again, it could be a virus, which mites are a vector for. It could be all three. Send a sample of bees to Beltsville for analysis.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

  2. #22
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    Default Re: First deadout of the winter

    I did have that thought this spring when I saw the stains. I made a note not to split from them, not that they every gave the opportunity.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

  3. #23
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    Default Re: First deadout of the winter

    The way to check in a colony like this is to look at previously used brood cells and see how many of them have mite droppings. If you hold the comb so the sun is coming over your shoulder and the comb is tilted so you can see the upper sides of the cells, that will tell you the most. I have only seen that type problem with bees that had serious tracheal mite problems. The key is the splitting of the cluster. When bees avoid each other in the hive, it is always for a reason.

    DarJones
    DarJones - 44 years, 10 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell

  4. #24
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    Default Re: First deadout of the winter

    There is sugar all over everything, it's kind of hard to see mite feces, but I'll look when I get a chance.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

  5. #25
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    Default Re: First deadout of the winter

    Huh? Where did the sugar come from?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

  6. #26
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    Default Re: First deadout of the winter

    Fed it then tore the hive apart before they ate it. It's in the pictures though it's worse since I put the frames back in.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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