I started beekeeping last year with two hives, both of which made it thru the winter. Hive #1 has always been very strong. It swarmed in the spring and from the queen cells, was able to make new queens for both original hives plus start three new hives.
So now we’re at the end of my second season and I just finished checking the hives. First off, I should tell you that I use OAV on the 5 day rotation and just finished up the series (same as last year. Also treated right before Christmas and a “warm enough” day in late Feb/early March). The three new hives are doing great but the two originals aren’t, from what I can tell.
Hive #1 (strongest hive)
Harvested honey 4 weeks ago and have been feeding since then. Left them 2+ supers of honey. Today—very little stores, capped and uncapped brood but not a ton. Some of the brood was actively emerging. There was also some (just a few) brood that was bright white and the bees were pulling them out of the cells and then removing them from the hive. This is the first time I’ve seen that in my hives (none of the other four have this).
I know I need to feed them like crazy but wanted to know if the white brood indicates a problem. Thoughts?
This hive had been doing well but abt a month ago, we noticed the queen slowing down, which happened with this same hive (different queen) last year. We also saw very spotty capped brood, a small amount of new brood and very little stored. A month ago, there was at least one super worth of stored honey. I did not harvest any honey from this hive. My gut feeling says that this hive is dying, but I’m not sure why. Varroa amounts don’t appear abnormal abs, as I mentioned, I’ve been treating. I took a frame of brood in multiple stages out of one of the newer hives and put it in this one just in case that helps. What are your thoughts? Is it a goner? Is it possible to re queen?