Re: Not going well need advise.
jp, do your best to get a definitive answer if you can.
if they went queenless during the winter, most of the bees just fly out and die in the field, leaving very few remaining bees that would represent the last ones to have emerged in late fall/early winter.
examine the brood combs for mite frass.
do a nosema squash on the remaining bees.
any sign of robbing?
contact your state apiarist and see your state has the ablility to look for toxins in the remaining pollen. also, ask if you can find out what agricultural products were used last season within a five mile radius of your bee yard.
stromnessbees, i have never seen any contributor who as adamant at pushing an agenda as you. i can't take anything you have to say seriously when it's obvious that you already have your mind made up on a topic that has yet to be resolved. i respect your right to your view, but i have no respect for you blaming every lost colony on neonics.
the truth is, we don't know the truth, and until we do, and i think most on this forum would agree,
and because in america, as in most educated societies, we like to operate on the best information we have at the time, and modify our understanding accordingly as new information comes in.
some of what you 'think' may prove right in time, but it's not looking very likely as of today.
i mantain an open mind on the matter.
journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives