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  1. #21
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    Default Re: These misterous bees

    Never say never.

    If I was within a couple of hours travel I'd ask to join JRG13 and you. Take the offer.
    Last edited by Saltybee; 10-18-2013 at 11:52 AM.
    4 yrs, Peak 14, back to zip, T lite; godfather to brother's 3.

  2. #22
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    Default Re: These misterous bees

    For some reason the "M" word is just not mentionable in some circles. Any suggestions as to why a hive died would be considered, but NOT mxxxs. Seen it over and over.

    Calbee there is not enough info to say why your hive died. If you can post a pic of the brood that would be very helpful.

    However if you don't post one, I would have to agree with the others, the info you have posted thus far is very consistent with a hive dying from mite overload. However, within the possibilities from the info supplied thus far, could be queenlessness, or a number of other things also, which is where a brood pic would come in handy to help ID. But hives that die of mites often dwindle down quickly at the end, in exactly the manner you have described, to me, mites is the 95% likely reason at this point. A pic and more info will be helpful.

    Also please bear in mind, these folks are not being unfriendly. Sometimes the answer we don't want to hear is the one we need to hear, and likewise seeking out the answer we want to hear, may lead us to the wrong answer.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

  3. #23
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    Well said Oldtimer!
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  4. #24

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Well said Oldtimer!
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    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

  5. #25
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    Default Re: These misterous bees

    I am two hours from Calbees. I don't see many mites on my bees either. But, these are the mites I found on a Warre inspection board yesterday. It is a hive from a package that is declining and will probably fail. The package supplier said last year, "if you don't treat my bees they will fail".


  6. #26
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    Default Re: These misterous bees

    If you have that many on your board, imagine the amount in brood cells multiplying.
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  7. #27
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    Default Re: These misterous bees

    Those aren't mites, those are red hots, you can't fool me.

  8. #28
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    Default Re: These misterous bees

    Quote Originally Posted by JRG13 View Post
    Those aren't mites, those are red hots, you can't fool me.
    I use Junior Mints and marsh-mellows as my queen cage candy so there is no way Red Hots could have gotten into the hive.

  9. #29
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    Default Re: These misterous bees

    What?? Jujubees and Dots work so much better frank!

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