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  1. #1
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    Default Need a second set of eyes please

    I'm brand new to beekeeping, having lots of fun but worried at the same time. I inspected the lower frames of my two hives today, and one of them has some interesting cells. I noticed a foul smell (not too bad, but if I put my nose up to the frame it is noticeable). Some of the brood looks sunken in, some is spotty, I noticed some slimy black cells, and to be honest I can't tell if some of the cells are dried brood or pollen. Would appreciate some feedback on the pictures. Thanks in advance!
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Need a second set of eyes please

    Brood and pollen. The only frame that is suspect is the one with no bees on it, but it's kind of blurry and hard to see what's going on with those few 'capped' cells.

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    Default Re: Need a second set of eyes please

    The smell may be Golden Rod ifs it kind of locker room gym socks type of smell.
    Just some thoughts.

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    Default Re: Need a second set of eyes please

    Nothing obviously wrong that I can see from these photos, except maybe a queen poorly laying.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Need a second set of eyes please

    I thought I spotted some CHalk. I dont see signs of AFB. I would probably combine with another stronger colony this time of year.

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    Default Re: Need a second set of eyes please

    I concur with Mark, the pattern does look a bit iffy but I am seeing no signs of disease. It kind of appears to me that the queen shut down and then a later flow began to backfill the broodnest with pollen and honey.
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