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    I just did an inspection on a nice strong hive today that appears to have a Brood Disease. I am a newer Beekeeper , so please take it easy on me if I am not explaining it properly. The course I am taking did a Lab on Brood diseases and I saw AFB in Late stages there.

    But what I am seeing is a very few amount of cells that are slightly uncapped with pin holes in them , and when I scratch them open , I see a rubbery brownish pupae with an undeveloped head . The hive has great brood patterns and is very strong as well .
    I am a little worried , because I have never dealt with a Brood disease other than Chalkbrood at the course I am taking , that I found when I went through a hive to assess it for issues.

    Could this be Sacbrood ?

    I did alert my Bee Health Inspector today Via email .

    But I wanted to hear what your thoughts were ?

    Do you need a picture or does this sound like something you have had before?

    Thanks

    Ben L
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    Default Re: brood disease?

    Not enuf info.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: brood disease?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Little View Post
    But what I am seeing is a very few amount of cells that are slightly uncapped with pin holes in them , and when I scratch them open , I see a rubbery brownish pupae with an undeveloped head . The hive has great brood patterns and is very strong as well .

    Could this be Sacbrood ?
    Sounds like Sac. Does the dead pupa appear to have a thin membraneous sac around it?

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    I will pull out some tomorrow and take photos.
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    Hit em with some terramycin just in case, sounds like sac brood and somtimes bad varroa outbreaks can cause that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcard86 View Post
    Hit em with some terramycin just in case, sounds like sac brood and somtimes bad varroa outbreaks can cause that
    Isn't Sac Brood a viral disease? If so, an antibiotic would not help. Seems an inspector once told me the best thing for SB was a good honey flow....
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    I was suggesting usning it as a preventative in case hes in the early stages of AFB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcard86 View Post
    Hit em with some terramycin just in case, sounds like sac brood and somtimes bad varroa outbreaks can cause that
    Not a good idea in my opinion until what is going on has been determined. At first it sounds like it could be AFB or sacbrood, though nothing about a waterfilled sac was mentioned. That's why I wrote not enuf info. Jumping from assumed diagnosis to treatment suggestions is beyond premature.
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