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  1. #1
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    Question Nosema or Dysentary? (New package, 5 days in)

    Hi all, I am a new beekeeper with my first package having been installed just 5 days ago. My hive is being fed 1:1 sugar water through a hive top feeder. I plan to check on the queen's release tomorrow. I peeked in on their food supply today and saw that they are taking the sugar syrup well, so they aren't going hungry. I noticed the poop on the front of the hive. I had expected yellow, but the dark color has me concerned. Is this normal?
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Nosema or Dysentary? (New package, 5 days in)

    Here is another picture showing the whole front.

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    Default Re: Nosema or Dysentary? (New package, 5 days in)

    I wouldn't worry about it. I often see extra poop on the outside of the hive in the spring. If it is dysentery your are doing the right thing by feeding them sugar water. I also noticed in the picture that you have an entrance reducer. I recommend removing it with temperatures warming up. This will increase needed ventilation and give the bees more room to enter and exit the hive.

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    Default Re: Nosema or Dysentary? (New package, 5 days in)

    Dysentery is normal for any confined bees. The only way to diagnose Nosema is with a microscope...

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnosema.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Nosema or Dysentary? (New package, 5 days in)

    Thank you, Michael and Jon B. A couple days have passed and there aren't anymore marks on the front of the hive. I'm hopeful that they are feeling better.

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