Diseases in Beekeeping; How to Identify and What They Look Like-Your Experince Wanted
I've been on this forum for 3 years and have made several good contacts through it and not to mention that I have even acquired some pretty valuable information from several other members on here as well. I have stated before that one area of beekeeping that I'd like to further my education (practical and formal) in is the presence of diseases in the apiary, more precisely, how to identify-react-treat-/ quarantine and or dispose of those colonies with certain diseases. This is one area where I believe hands-on experience would be crucial, buts it's difficult to get someone who has American Foulbrood to hold off in appropriately taking care of the matter just so someone inexperienced can come by and see it for themselves...and rightly so. It is one thing to read literature on all the diseases that could occur in a bee yard, but it is another thing entirely to put that knowledge into practice. It seems to me that literature is missing something crucial in describing diseases in that there is very little first hand experience described. The very reason I am starting this thread is so that those who have had various diseases could share what it's REALLY like and how to react to those situations. What is it that you did to cure the problem? IF YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS OF DISEASE SYMPTOMS, DONT HESITATE TO ATTACH THEM. This thread is designed to be purely educational. If you're going to keep bees, you are also going to lose them as well. It's part of the reality, so no poking fun at someone for losing their bees. I almost put this in the commercial forum because I know that those guys know what to look for, but I'm not commercial and the title is fitting for the disease forum. Hopefully this thread won't just die as soon as it's published. I'd like to see it turn into something that everyone can use for everybody's benefit. I think this is a subject somewhat lacking in beekeeping today and it needs to be addressed. Thanks in advance to all who respond!
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