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  1. #21
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    Default Re: My Hive Died. Can you help with diagnosis?

    Its a classic image of bees that died in the winter. I wouldn't be so quick to jump on starvation as the answer. Looked like there were plenty of resources available. My guess would be more towards depopulation resulting from problems building earlier in the season. Depopulation will result in frozen and dead bees. You need population and food.

  2. #22
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    Default Re: My Hive Died. Can you help with diagnosis?

    First,I would get any of those frames you don't intend to take the honey from into the freezer to
    stop the wax moths.Usually,generally,with heavy emphasis on those two words,dead bees head first into the cells means starvation.Even though the winter has been mild you may have had several
    straight days when the bees couldn't move to the food.I did not see any signs of foulbrood on those combs.Excellent pictures by the way.

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    Default Re: My Hive Died. Can you help with diagnosis?

    A hive dying of starvation is a result of an underlying cause where there is food in a hive. Healthy bees will move to food in a cold snap, weak bees will not. Healthy bees will not see a large die off of the population in the later fall, weak, sick hives will.
    Starvation, if food is present, is a result of a more serious problem... a sickness or disease or pest which was not noticed in the summer and fall.
    Mike Palmer, Jim Lyon, Beemandan, and Astro have given you sound advice and these beekeepers have been in it longer than both of us, actually the rest of us on this thread put together. They know their stuff...take it to heart and learn from it

  4. #24
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    Default Re: My Hive Died. Can you help with diagnosis?

    I would say that the colony died from
    starvation, as indicated by the bees
    with the tails exposed from the cells pic.

    This being said, it appears the colony
    'failed to thrive' during the summer.
    Appears to have been queen failure.
    and not enough bees or capped
    honey to winter over.

    Not convinced that any disease or
    moth problems were involved.

    Simply save the comb and reuse
    next season. Mark the loss to
    'queen failure' or 'failure to thrive'

    Beset Wishes
    J. Waggle
    http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/H...eybeeArticles/

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    Default Re: My Hive Died. Can you help with diagnosis?

    Re: picture 1260--what is that debris from? Can you tell? Also, I just had a very weak, small hive die last weekend. Could not find a queen, just a weak hive all summer and the cold weather we had and lack of stores (even though I was feeding them honey/pollen) wasn't enough to turn them around. I was looking up mite problems and came across a photo of varroa feces...not sure hw long they show up and not sure we could see them if they are in photos. sorry for your loss, it's an awful feeling....here's the link for varroa feces...
    http://buffalobeefarm.blogspot.com/2...1_archive.html

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    Default Re: My Hive Died. Can you help with diagnosis?

    Pict 1260 is wax moth debris. Certainly not the cause of the loss.

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    Default Re: My Hive Died. Can you help with diagnosis?

    My hive looks the same way, I am in NC and we have not had but one cold night. There was plenty of honey in the brood and top super. What bees that were left, were heads 1st in the comb? Why? What should I do to get the hive ready for next year? Can I use this Hive?

  8. #28
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    Default Re: My Hive Died. Can you help with diagnosis?

    Thanks, everyone for taking time to look at the photos and give me feedback. I appreciate your experience and willingness to help.

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