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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Tsawwassen, BC, Canada

    Default Assessing Dead Hives

    I was chatting to a lady today who said she'd kept bees a couple of years ago, but the hive died out over winter. When opened, bees were on the frames, but dead. I am no expert but assumed they starved, in spite of there being honey in the hive.

    She wants to use the equipment again...without having seen the hive I felt she could not be sure she did not have a disease that caused the crash and advised her to ditch the old stuff (there wasn't much and it was pretty beat up) and start fresh.

    But I did wonder do you all go about assessing a dead hive? Would be interested to hear how you evaluate what went wrong.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Brasher Falls, NY, USA

    Default Re: Assessing Dead Hives

    When I open a hive and find the colony clustered between the frames, w/ thier heads in the empty cells I see that as starvation and use the equipment again. I will look through the frames to see if there is any brood to check for the possibility of AFB. That's about it.
    "Dude! Don't over think this! We're just cookin' hot dogs here...". Mark Berninghausen


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