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    Default Re: No new brood

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltybee View Post
    No criticism intended, you've given all the internet can convey!
    I didn't take it as a critism

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    Default Re: No new brood

    It's the internet, better safe than sorry. An unused apology is better than an omitted apology.
    It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
    They can learn them, they just can't do them.

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    Default Re: No new brood

    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    American Foulbrood was never a contender. European Foulbrood may be. I am confused as to why you keep going back to AFB. Do you have a picture of any larvae? Any idea on which day in their development they disappear?
    Let me clarify. Apparently both AFB and EFB can be tested for using the Holst milk test method. AFB will turn the milk brown while EFB will make it cloudy. The test resulted in absolutely no change in color of the milk.

    So as far as disappearance, it looks like eggs are disappearing, but some make it to larva while some larva are then disappearing before they make it to capped. That is why I believe the brood pattern is spotty at best. I still wonder if some of the bee's from the previous laying worker donated combs arfe the culprit to this behavior.

    Here is the link to the method as described by Randy Oliver about 3/4 of the way through the article

    https://pollinators.msu.edu/resource...-bee-colonies/

    The Larva used in the test (No pictures) were just as white as the milk they were put in and alive when donated. I don't believe the issue is foul brood. But I have learned a lot through this

    Edit: I just read directly from Randy Olivers site that this test will not work until the larva are at the ugly ropy stage. The article refernced here did not directly say this. it only said older larva and that was what I used. Unfortunately, I don't think I can rely on the results from this test. HOWEVER, I can not find larva at the stage that Randy says to use in the test which also suggests no foul brood
    Last edited by WRLCPA; 07-28-2019 at 06:48 AM.

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    Default Re: No new brood

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltybee View Post
    It's the internet, better safe than sorry. An unused apology is better than an omitted apology.
    I understand...Thanks for your help in this unusual issue. Do you think adding LW donated comb is the issue?

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