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    Default Big Mistake

    I believe I've fed infected honey to a healthy hive.
    The very next day has dead bees and bees pulling live sick appearing bees out of the hive.
    I feel a lot more than stupid.
    Is there anything I can do/should do?

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    Default Re: Big Mistake

    Infected or toxic honey ? Sick bees the very next day sounds more like a poison/toxin to me. What's the full story - from where did you source that honey, and why were you giving it to that hive ?
    LJ
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    Default Re: Big Mistake

    About the only thing you can do is put some 1/1 sugar syrup on em and hopefully it’ll help flush the toxins out of the less severely affected.
    This is the poster child example of never feed honey back to a colony except if it came from it.
    Sorry to be crass but back in the day when I did cutouts, if I couldn’t give it away for consumption I’d toss it. Wasn’t worth the risk, knowing what scavengers bees are sometimes.
    Rod

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    It was from my yard, my third hive. They couldn't requeen. There was one comb I just should have ditched. I put the frames from a top super of the third hive on my backporch and let the other two hives rob them out.

    I put a political sign beneathe the super and today found there about 1/2 inch worth of dead bees after all the robbing. I'm sick over this.

    Among the bees out front I found a near baby bee not yet completely formed pulled out.

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    Going to do this

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    One more question.
    Do you think the comb in the infected hive is worthless?

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    Default Re: Big Mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by little lion View Post
    One more question.
    Do you think the comb in the infected hive is worthless?
    I would consider it in quarantine until you identify definitely what the problem is. Make certain it does not get robbed out by other colonies.
    Frank

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    Default Re: Big Mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by little lion View Post
    There was one comb I just should have ditched..
    Based on what circumstance?

    I never understood this entire story.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Big Mistake

    I am suspecting that you fed the hive honey and caused robbing, which results in a lot of dead bees and I have seen brood stripped out of a hive during robbing. I wouldn't know if it's the robbers or house bees doing it. Feeding a hive, especially honey, while a weak flow is going on is a bad idea. How did you feed the hive?

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