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  1. #1
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    Default Anyone else having a lot of bees turn nice to junk in a month or make honey and die?

    Title says it. But heres a few more details.
    About all of the bees im talking about went to blueberries. They all looked geat going up except for part of a load that just squeaked by at 8 frames. And now 80% have failing queens (which were new) and or look like junk and the weaker ones that went Up have made made at least over a box of honey on average. The ones that were strong... some of them made honey but now the population dropped to about half and there is way more brood in the hives now than what should be for the amount of bees.

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    Default Re: Anyone else having a lot of bees turn nice to junk in a month or make honey and d

    Do you know what your mite levels are? That could be some of the problem maybe or a spray issue. But most of the times that my bees look like that the mites will be a bit high.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Anyone else having a lot of bees turn nice to junk in a month or make honey and d

    Virtually no mite but tons of virus and sick bees in the formerly good bees. .. however there is currently a mite load on the current strong hives. ..for now

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    Default Re: Anyone else having a lot of bees turn nice to junk in a month or make honey and d

    My bees did the same since they have came back from texas they have gone backwards virtually have no mites bee yard looks like a step ladder some good some bad

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Anyone else having a lot of bees turn nice to junk in a month or make honey and d

    Seems to be happening across the country fro. North west to Michigan. Anything around GMO crops with systemic pesticides especially corn

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Anyone else having a lot of bees turn nice to junk in a month or make honey and d

    blueberries
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Anyone else having a lot of bees turn nice to junk in a month or make honey and d

    I have heard lots of reports of swarming the past month and have experienced some of the same problems as well. In our case it just seemed that our bees were ahead of the season and when running a lot of singles it becomes a delicate balance when the bees are ready weeks ahead of the main flow. The hives that "plugged out" in Texas swarmed the worst while the bees that were hauled north as doubles have had no swarming problems and have an extra full medium of honey on them up to this point which is rarely the case. The hives in general look quite healthy but we will no doubt see lower production from those hives that swarmed and will no doubt lose a few that didn't "catch" a queen.
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