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    Default My loss of bees!

    I just posted a blog...lost my bees this winter. I believe my cluster was too small, perhaps due to a fall swarm?

    http://thewoodsygal.com/2013/03/14/u...ortunate-news/

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    Default Re: My loss of bees!

    Did you test/treat for varroa?
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: My loss of bees!

    No I did not treat. Although many in our beekeeping group lost their bees this winter and do treat.

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    Default Re: My loss of bees!

    Sort of reminds me of an experience I had with one of my daughters. She ran out of gas. When I arrived with a gas can to get her going I asked ‘didn’t you check the gauge?’. She replied….’the gas gauge in Elizabeth’s car doesn’t work right….she looked at hers and ran out of gas anyway. ‘
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: My loss of bees!

    Quote Originally Posted by beemandan View Post
    Did you test/treat for varroa?
    Quote Originally Posted by beemandan View Post
    Sort of reminds me of an experience I had with one of my daughters. She ran out of gas. When I arrived with a gas can to get her going I asked ‘didn’t you check the gauge?’. She replied….’the gas gauge in Elizabeth’s car doesn’t work right….she looked at hers and ran out of gas anyway. ‘
    I'm curious as to why you immediately jump to the conclusion that they needed to test for varroa, or worse still, treat for the mites when this is very clearly a starve-out? Varroa does not cause starve-outs as far as I'm aware. I ask because you're not the first on this forum I've seen do this, just today even.

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    Default Re: My loss of bees!

    Javin, he said the hive was full of honey. Yes they starved but, they starved from a small cluster, which was probably caused by varroa. Without varroa, they would have had a large enough cluster to make the heat to move. Starvation is the reason they are dead but varroa is the cause.

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    Default Re: My loss of bees!

    Quote Originally Posted by Javin007 View Post
    I ask because you're not the first on this forum I've seen do this, just today even.
    It started as a simple question. Small overwintering clusters are one of the classic signs of varroa collapse. The OP indicated that he/she hadn’t tested or treated….and that alone would be fine, as long as he/she understands that this is often the outcome. I honestly don’t care if you choose to test/treat but if you post asking why your hives failed and varroa look to be the likely culprit….why shouldn’t I ask?
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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