I have read somewhere of conjecture that the capping piercing is done by bees separate from the crew that goes around and actually uncaps them. I noticed a similar piercing on some combs during my European Foulbrood adventure.Yes, humidity is thought to be a factor along with genetics. Many have success by re-queening and moving hives to full sunlight. What is their location like?
The pierced cappings may be another issue. Open them up and post some more pics. J
So I take it humidity might not be the issue then, I have removed the frame of damaged brood, put a fresh one in, cleaned the bottom board tray with alcohol and lets hope we get them back on their feed. the hive is pretty busy. I keep you posted.Hmmmmm-70% humidity would be considered low here.
Some might laugh, that's alright. It is more important to learn..... I have read on here about the banana theory, leaving a banana in the hive and that will feed the bees and help it clear up.
Is this for real or are you guys having a good laugh?
thanks heaps again!
Thanks Marg,Some might laugh, that's alright. It is more important to learn.
You could learn from my experience with bananas: DON'T
My hive is not doing well. Here it is late spring (Nov = May in Northern hemisphere). At the end of the winter there was an equivalent of 8 full full-size frames with capped honey from the last season. Due to some unfortunate circumstances (and my mistakes) the hive was queenless for a month...www.beesource.com
Where abouts in Australia are you?