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  1. #1
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    Carroll, New Hampshire, USA
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    Default Reusing dead hives

    I have three hives (two deep and one shallow super each) that didn't make it through the winter. I don't see signs of disease but the drawn comb is almost all empty so perhaps they starved to death? Anyway, can I add a queen and a package this spring or do I have to do something to ready of frames? Is it OK to re-use these hives at all?
    Thanks
    BillFishlore

  2. #2
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Reusing dead hives

    In the absence of signs of disease, its fine to add new bees this spring.

    You may also get other opinions warning of potentially dire consequences, but hey, you could get hit by a truck tomorrow ...
    Graham
    --- Victor Hugo - "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Reusing dead hives

    I would put my drawn frames in the freezer for 24 hours. This will kill most pests that reside in the comb. Even if they look OK, can't hurt.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Reusing dead hives

    Hmm, BillFishlore is in New Hampshire. I'd say his (outdoors) frames are already in a deep freeze.
    Graham
    --- Victor Hugo - "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Reusing dead hives

    I guess that would make a difference!! I went to our county's club meeting this weekend and there was a show of hands from the people who had experienced winter losses this year. It was quite surprising and there were quite a few who had lost 50 - 60 % of their hives! I lost one of mine and it was full of honey and no sign of mites. I treated early fall.

  6. #6
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    jackson county, alabama, usa
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    Default Re: Reusing dead hives

    wow, that's a lot of losses bb. were the others able to figure out a cause? how did you treat? are you around any big bee yards?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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