Hey everyone, I live just north of Atlanta, Ga, have about 15 hives, and have been keeping bees for about 5 years. I wanted to check to see if it is realistic to expect to keep hives and not treat for foulbrood. 2 of my largest hives have recently deteriorated, one of which is now a dead out that has been robbed, so I suspect that the other hives will be infected. Seems like I now have several options:
Option 1: treat any hive in the yard that displays any symptoms with terramycin
Option 2: treat all hives in the yard with terramycin
Option 3: Destroy any hive and it’s equipment in the yard displaying symptoms
Option 4: Destroy all hives and all equipment in the yard and start over
Option 5: Destroy all hives and all equipment in the yard and go fishing
It is hard to imagine that destroying all hives and all equipment in the yard is a practical approach. And it also seems that since all of the hives are in the same yard it is inevitable that all the hives will encounter this issue.
I enjoy woodworking and have built all of my hives ( I know that it is cheaper to buy equipment, but I enjoy spending time in my workshop) and have never purchased any used equipment, so I can only suspect that they became infected from something in the area that I would have no control over. I would not know how to prevent this in the future.
I would be very interested to learn what the experts do to deal with this. I will have to admit that this is quite discouraging. I had finally begun to feel that after 5 years of keeping bees I had graduated to a novice beekeeper (this is a step up from being a professional bee killer, which described my first 2 years) where at least I understood what to expect, this is something completely new to me.
Thanks for any help / advice!