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  1. #1
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    Default EFB or chalk brood ?

    my first thought is EFB due to the crusty dead larvae in the bottom of the cells. i tried to get the best pictures i can but its pretty tough. out of all the hives in our home apiary the only ones that have this problem are the ones from the nucs we bought from a commercial supplier. they said out of all the customers this year we are the only ones with a problem. the swarms and cutouts we hived this year are doing incredibly well. i didnt catch any hint of a foul smell in any of the suspicious hives.

    what should we do ?



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    Default Re: EFB or chalk brood ?

    It's hard to tell from the photos. Ones in the bottom row look like laying worker brood pattern, but I'm not sure. If you have Chalk Brood there should be mummys or pellets on the hive floor. Are there?
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    Default Re: EFB or chalk brood ?

    I don't see any obvious signs of chalk brood or EFB. If that is the problem than it is int he very early stages. I think the main issue is the queen. She just has a poor laying pattern. You may want to consider re-queening.

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    Default Re: EFB or chalk brood ?

    in apeaking with the supplier and him seeing the pictures he said they are starving.

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    Default Re: EFB or chalk brood ?

    Starving? Looks like it. Didn't think of that.
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    Default Re: EFB or chalk brood ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tommysnare View Post
    in apeaking with the supplier and him seeing the pictures he said they are starving.
    Once you mentioned that I looked again and see no stores.

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    Default Re: EFB or chalk brood ?

    hope hes right. i just added one gallon top feeders . ill keep everyone posted. btw the corn fields surrounding our farm is growing soo we are kind of keeping an eye out. soybeans have just started to pop up. hope they dont wipe out our hives !

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