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    Default 5 hives absonded

    Running 7 hives. All good this year in the spring, did have two of them loose their queen but they replaced her on their own. I suspected was also having Queen issues in a 3rd hive but not confirmed.

    New this year for me is SHB in two hives, not a lot of them just new pest. I treat formic acid for mites in the early spring.

    Not a good year for honey production, as my supers were almost empty. I was thinking it was just a bad summer in my area. I pulled the supers in late Aug so they would have time for creating winter stores.
    Had some issues and did not check on the hives as much as I should have thru the summer and then not at all after I pulled the supers. When to checked on them late Oct and found 5 of them gone.

    No dead bees, no stores just empty. The other 2 are also very small clusters not the normal mass of bees I have this time of year.

    Mostly thinking that the bees got into some pesticide somewhere or absconded.

    Next year I am going to move my hives that are currently in the middle of the woods to a location on the edge of a field with more direct sunlight.
    What are some of the reasons I should be looking at for absconded bees or other clues to look for?

    tks

    -jp

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    Default Re: 5 hives absonded

    A thread with similar possibilities.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...Autumn-Abscond
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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