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  1. #1
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    May 2012
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    Udall, KS USA
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    Default Two out of three hives dead, can't tell what this is

    Last year was my first year beekeeping, and my very strong hive was dead when I opened it for the first time this season today. I'm attaching a picture of the bottom screen of the hive. It looked like the bees died in place, and most fell to the bottom. What is all this yellowish white stuff?? The second picture is what the cells looked like. I thought maybe chalkbrood, but it doesn't seem to fit quite right. Someone said maybe the stuff was crystallized honey, and that maybe the bees froze... here in Kansas? The bottom of the hive had only the open wire screen, no bottom board... Did I do something wrong?

    The second hive just had no bees inside, empty cells, but quite a few dead ones laying around the entrance. None of the yellowish stuff like the first hive.

    The third hive seems to be doing fairly well.

    Would appreciate any thoughts...

    Can't seem to get pictures to attach.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2012
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    Arlee MT USA
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    Default Re: Two out of three hives dead, can't tell what this is

    Put them on a photobucket account and just link that here.

    I would never try to overwinter with an open bottom, but I live in MT and only use solid bottom boards anyway. I don't know whats normal for your area, I just know its not how I would do it.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Two out of three hives dead, can't tell what this is

    I think what happened to my bees was that they froze. When I put two and two together-no bottom board and the crazy up and down temps this spring, and the way the bees had all just dropped to the bottom, I think that's what happened. And I was told the granular stuff was most likely crystallized honey. It all makes sense.

    The other hive probably lost a queen and couldn't keep going.

    Guess I'll keep on trying... at least didn't lose 100%.

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