Re: Sick hive or just weak from swarming?
I second all that. If it's your only hive then do whatever you think - after getting an inspection and ruling out AFB - but if you have others the old saying that the wise beekeeper takes his losses in the fall kicks in. After all the effort you put into trying to save it there is a good chance they still won't make it.
"4.A large queen laying eggs
5 almost no open brood maybe 10."
Your queen is probably large because she is laying plenty of eggs, but the bees are too sick/hungry/diseased/stressed to raise them to adulthood. Most things that you would do will only stress them even more. If you can and your ideology allows it I would treat with OA vapor - effective with least amt of stress on bees. Feed them of course. Give them capped brood and bees from a healthy hive. If you did all that they might make it. But is it worth it?
The really big thing to me is that the fall brood build up has left the station and is rapidly disappearing around the bend.
Last edited by David LaFerney; 10-03-2013 at 07:47 AM.
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