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    Default Possible CCD???

    So im in WI and we had a rather long winter this year. I wasn't able to get any feed into the hive until recently and noticed that a large majority of the hive was dead and weak, but still around and active. I now look and I only have about 10 bees and the queen which are all in the top super (I have 2 brood boxes and 2 supers) ive looked up some things and wondering if it might be CCD but I don't want to tear the hive apart to investigate in depth for fear of loosing the queen. Is it worth trying to salvage this hive? could I introduce a new bee colony to the existing loyal contingent and their queen? This is only my second year so not to experienced yet, any and all advise is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: Possible CCD???

    I would tear in leave the bees one brood box, long winter might of starved.

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    Default Re: Possible CCD???

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    I would tear in leave the bees one brood box, long winter might of starved.
    Should I try and capture the queen or just count the hive as lost??

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    Default Re: Possible CCD???

    move her and the bee's to a nuc, less room to heat and defend. I lost 25% of my hives do to starvation, winter just lasted to long. Do you have any hives to get frames from, add some brood to this hive.

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    Default Re: Possible CCD???

    Well I was finally able to dig into the hive and sadly all bees are gone, but im still wondering why since both the supers frames were full of honey not stacked full but more than enough to feed them. Im thinking something else since as I dug further down I found clumps of moldy dead bees.

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