You could have included a "Don't Know" line, perhaps.
I have experienced winterloss at about 1/3 or 1/2. I run as many as 600 colonies. I had a 70% die off the year before CCD was noted and named. I don't know if any of my losses are CCD or varroa and ineffective mite control materials or applications.
I think you need to clarify what constitutes CCD for the purposes of this survey/poll. What are the symptoms that confirm this problem? I need to know so I can answer definitely yes or no (as those are the only real responses given in this survey/poll).
The reason I request the list of observable symptoms is that several people in my area suffered losses due to procratination, negligence, poor beekeeping practices, desire to go "natural" on their mite treatments, insufficient stores, etc. They often ask me why their bees died this winter, and while I contemplate their symptoms, they almost immediately ask, "You don't think this is that CCD thing, do you?"
My answer is usually, "What have you observed?"
They tell me they have plenty of dead bees in the hive, no brood, no stores, and even very small clusters frozen within a couple of frames of honey, etc. None of these fit my definition of CCD, but easily fall within the realm of PPB.
>@Grant >What are the symptoms that confirm this problem?
From another board mid Nov/08
I, at least, have been paying attention
These are nearly all cool weather crashes
1) Empty hive, no adults
occasionaly a small frozen cluster that
didn't all reach flee stage at once
Dead brood is left uncleaned in a
minority of cases
In all cases few bees on BB (typ 1 cup)
2) Bees flee hive even when cold
No circle or return
3)Birds hanging around to eat chilled bees above
Under bird perches are abdomens, see below
4)Foul feaces (because of damaged guts)
If you doubt, pull last segment -- phew
5)STR (sore tummy rub, because of damaged guts)
common, variable (extreme w/ staggers to pefunctory &
8)Hoppers (common at very low level
rare at noticable level)
9) Paralyzed rear legs (rare)
Only easily seen on flat
10) 98-99% mortality 1-1.5 d larvae (rare)
If the very last seal, then they die as pupae
Daily inspection of course for 7 d or >
11)Patches of dead pupae (rare?)
10 "^2 or > These are coloured, some emergents.
Reluctence to clean these corpses
12) If you are insane enough to raise Qs from
a ccd hive the developement is wrong, too long
You will get NO Qs in the end, all sealed die in cells
The royal jelly is bland, I'd bet $ pH is +3 from normal
13) Trucking is likley to turn a mild case into an acute case
14) Moderate dysentry due to ccd, not associated with nosema
(which I supposedly do not have -- 13+ hives tested)
15) Ants can be infected with ccd, reccover the next year
16)Avoidence of deadouts, the honey is safe, nothing wants it
exception: Already infected bees don't avoid robbing in fall,
then mob mentality takes over
Curious that no one wants samples from me,
I had to bug OBA to come and of course they have no test for ccd
I would much rather not have experienced this, most
demoralizing to see the poor response, both from
TPTB and this very BBS
Lots of people will argue with these symptoms
If their bees don't have ccd those opinions are valueless
If it is not clear from your post, it is only polite to say if
you think your bees have ccd or not
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