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    Default IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    Dose anyone have information or treatment options for this. I think I have this in a hive that came from a package. I was digging some drone brood out with my knife and every time I touched a larva with the tip of it they instantly turned to snot. This package has struggled all summer and never built up. I requeened it once in early June. There is 40 to 50 cells of capped worker brood on both sides of three frames. Also about the same for drone brood on the bottom edges. There was three queen cells, two on the bottom of a frame and one in the center. These cells all looked old and the larva in them appeared shriveled. They were in the early purple eye stage. I didn't check the worker brood to see if they acted the same as the drone brood when it was touched. If anyone has questions I won't be able to answer them until tomorrow afternoon. 8/7

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    I think you got a queenless hive with laying workers.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    Sounds a little like sacbrood. The larva basically liquefies in the sac formed by the outer larval skin which might fit the description of turning to snot when you bust the sac with the hive tool. From what I read, it's a "stress" disease caused by a virus so you really can't do much about it other than maybe feed if there's no flow, requeen, and maybe comb replacement.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    The queen in this hive was walking around and looked fine. There are no signs of a laying worker. Unlike sack brood the larva have no sack. When you uncap the sell everything in it instantly turns to a milky white snot. nothing in the cells or hive are discolored. I have talked with another very repetal local commercial bee keeper that has experience with this problem from last year. This is where I got the name from. He was able to clear up about half of the 30 hives with these symptoms with medications and probiotics. Just to be clear this man has more than 30 hives. I posted this here to see if anyone else has ran into this problem and what they did in there case so I can make a better informed idea on what I should do with mine.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    If you have3 another hive add some frames of capped brood to the hive, and feed them, the stress of being short of bees is probably causing your problems.
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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    Feed, feed, feed.... that usualy takes care of it.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    If you have 10 other hives, hang a frame of larvae up in each one. Come back in a 10 days or so, add a box and transfer capped brood AND bees to the sick hive. Obviously, if they need feed, feed.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    Why try to save a hive that has not performed up to par? I have learned it is better to just stack it up on the living dead pile and stop wasting resources that could be used to simply make a viable nuc with out the stress of the already poor hive. Saving bad hives is only a way to weaken your over all gene pool. I kill about 10% or more of the queens I raise that don't perform the way I want or have bad habits like to much aggression or always wanting to swarm.

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    Beetrucker - very true, but what is the value of knowing how to cure it? We try to learn how to cure small problems before they are big problems.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    Update, Do to lack of time I dumped this hive out around the tenth of August. I killed the queen but left the box to pick up latter. Today I was going around and picking up my loose equipment before winter hits, as I got to this box I could see it had bees in it. When I opened it there was four frames of bees, one and a half frames of brood and a new queen. I could'nt find any signs of snot brood and the bees looked healthy. I'm not sure what to make of it. I geuss I will see if they make it through the winter.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    When people talk about snotbrood, I always have the impression they are talking about open (not yet capped) brood melted in the cell. In early stages of developmemt brood will be very liquid under the capping....this is normal, not snotbrood.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    In my case the cells where capped. As soon as you uncapped them everything inside instantly turned to a snotty looking substance. I talked to a professional bee keeper that has experience with similar symptoms and he gave me the name. I'm new and don't know allot about bees yet so I could have this totally miss diagnosed, until I find out different it's full steam ahead.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    And this was in the drone brood, right? Sacbrood usually doesn't effect drone brood, in my experience. So we can rule that out.

    I think you inadvertantly found the cure. Replace the queen.

    Roland, really? Spread the problem amongst all the hives you can? If it's infectious, that's a bad idea. Don't ya think?

    Dean, what would cause open brood to be melted against the cell? I have never seen that, have you? By "melted" do you mean like EFB?
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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    What does IBDS stand for?

    Idiopathic brood disease syndrome, from what I just learned. Used to be PMS. Parasitic Mite Syndrome.
    Last edited by sqkcrk; 10-11-2013 at 06:38 AM.
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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    SQKCRK wrote:

    Roland, really? Spread the problem amongst all the hives you can? If it's infectious, that's a bad idea. Don't ya think?

    Mark, we are taking capped brood from healthy hives and giving it to sick hives. Yes, the converse is risky.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    What does IBDS stand for?

    Idiopathic brood disease syndrome, from what I just learned. Used to be PMS. Parasitic Mite Syndrome.
    This isn't my understanding of the description of "snot brood" at all. I assume it was given this descriptive name for a reason.
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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    Could I forward an e-mail to this Thread I would show where I got where I got what I wrote.

    Dennis van Engelsdorp wrote a paper titled "Idiopathic brood disease syndrome and queen events as precursors of colony mortality in migratory beekeeping operations in the Eastern United States." Maybe Rader could find the link?

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    From the abstract:
    Idiopathic Brood Disease Syndrome (IBDS), a condition where brood of different ages appear molten on the bottom of cells
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22939774

    My understanding is that IBDS is the 'technical term' given to the condition that people have been calling 'snotbrood'.

    It resembles EFB to a greater or lesser extent, but is not EFB. I've never heard anyone report anything called 'snotbrood' where I had the impression they had to uncap anything to see it.

    At some stages after capping, it is absolutely normal for the brood to be almost liquid. My best guess is that the OP is reporting on normal brood and not on any kind of malady....just a confusion between ages of larvae.

    All of this is hard to say for sure...for all I know, the OP is describing something I've never seen or heard about...but I think it's just another case of HP.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    Also, what color was the "snotty looking substance" under the cappings? If it was very white, I'd say almost for sure that nothing is wrong. If it is brown I'd look further.

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    Default Re: IBDS syndrome [ snot brood]

    Isn't what Dennis describes white or whiteish?
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