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  1. Upper Midwest
    This is my 4th winter, and I have had losses every year. The first 2 years I was suspecting mites and or starvation. It would be helpful if someone could explain presentations of various causes of death (mites, starvation, queen issues, freezing, ventilation etc...) A description (and bonus...
  2. Diseases and Pests
    UPDATE: Users all agree... Varroa. Thanks for the feedback. This fall, I had three hives. Two of them seemed strong, but I was keeping a close eye on the 3rd as it was a caught swarm. I noticed that the 3rd hive was being robbed by yellow jackets. The wasps were trying with various...
  3. Bee Forum
    So I had this hive where The queen was superseded this fall. Not enough time to stock up on stores or bees for winter. It was a dink in September. I should have pinched the queen and combined but decided to baby them instead. 4 pints of honey later and dry sugar on top couldn't save them...
  4. Bee Forum
    I have a hive in an out yard. 10 frame equipment, double deep brood chamber and I had left a medium super half filled with honey over the inner cover from the fall. I checked the hive 2 days ago in warmer weather here in south central Pennsylvania. I was hoping the super would be empty, and...
  5. Bee Forum
    I checked on a hive earlier today and I have a dead out. I can't complain really, my second in over four years, but sad nonetheless. I'm thinking died due to small cluster and a cold snap. I'm hoping you might be able to give some insight. Attaching pictures in case they might help. Here are...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I’ve just lost a single deep hive to starvation from being robbed out. Forgot To reduce the entrance on this one! Dumb!!! 2 frames have a number of dead bees in the cells still, butt out, and several cells of capped brood that is all dead as well. I put them in the freezer for 24 hours and now...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi! Does anyone know where to look for the financial costs of losing +-30% of managed hives every year? I'm interested in how much the increase in hive losses is costing, nationally, on an annual basis.
  8. Bee Forum
    So something weird is going on in one of my hives. A few weeks ago I did the knock on the side test to listen for that familiar buzz, to check to make sure they were alive. The hive in question didn't buzz, so I looked up underneath through the screened bottom board and I saw bees walking...
  9. Bee Forum
    I have a dead out which had a fair amount of honey. It's a top bar hive, and I want to preserve the comb and food in order to jump-start a new colony. However, I cannot get any new bees until close to mid-may. Can I leave it all in the hive for that long? At the moment, I have the entrance...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    My hive of Italians died over winter -- they had massive robbing by yellow jackets in November and I caught it too late. They either swarmed after that or just didn't have the numbers to survive. I cleaned out a couple of weeks ago and their top deep was full of capped honey; the bottom is all...
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