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Pests and Diseases / Re: Need help with diagnosis
« Last post by iddee on Yesterday at 08:51:16 pm »
I say you had it right the first time. Definitely NOT AFB and EFB has yellow brood, not white. My guess is the surviving workers were opening and carrying out dead and poisoned larvae trying to get rid or the poison.
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Pests and Diseases / Need help with diagnosis
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 07:25:26 pm »
Apologies in advance for the long story. 
I have kept a hive at a relative's house for about 5 years.  This spring I requeened and the population was very strong.  I was unable to check on this, or any of my hives, the month of July due to a medical condition.  Yesterday we went to the relative's house for a birthday celebration.  I walked out to get a look and they were being robbed out and there were dead bees everywhere and about an inch deep in some spots.  We threw a wet sheet over the colony to stop the robbing and I went back today to see the nitty gritty. The hive was setting at the corner of an old cinder block garage that had two garage doors that were probably 50 years old.  My in-law told me that he had bug bombed the garage last week.  Oh,  he had shut the garage door, but those old doors aren't air tight!.  There were dead bees, with proboscis sticking out, all along the front of the garage, in front of the colony, and beyond.  The landing board had white pupae mixed in with the dead and dying bees.  Some were doing the death spiral.  The bottom board was covered with about an inch of dead bees and white pupae along with SHB larvae crawling through the debris.  Not surprised about the SHB as it takes 24 hours for SHB eggs to hatch.

There was a few nurse bees left, some brood and a ton of honey.  I brought it all home and took a closer look.  I was 100% certain that they had got caught in the spray and that was their demise until I looked closer.  Here is a picture of most of the brood I found. There was just some very unhealthy looking brood.  No ropey brood but some of his looked similar to chalkbrood. I thought I smelled something strong and off when I opened the hive up.  I sure hope I am not seeing EFB or AFB.


Any thoughts?
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General Beekeeping / Re: sundance pollen trap
« Last post by Bakersdozen on July 31, 2021, 09:03:50 pm »
rober, I found this article by Rusty Burlew.  I have read a lot of her writings and she is very knowledgeable.  https://www.honeybeesuite.com/using-a-top-mounted-pollen-trap/
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General Beekeeping / sundance pollen trap
« Last post by rober on July 31, 2021, 02:26:50 pm »
i was just loaned a hive top mounted sundance pollen trap. my plan was to clone it. however there are some stainless steel cones near the entrance that i'm guessing are bee escapes that i'm not sure how to fabricate easily. ANYWAY-is anyone using 1 of these & how did you set up an upper entrance?
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General Beekeeping / Re: Processing large amounts of beeswax
« Last post by Bakersdozen on July 29, 2021, 09:51:17 am »
I think Zweefer might be on the right track by boiling water.  It looks like there is a lot of honey still in that wax so you may have to do the boiling water repeatedly.  I am not sure you are going to be able to melt the entire bucket in one try.  You may have to divide and conquer.  What ever you do, remember wax is highly flammable.
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General Beekeeping / Processing large amounts of beeswax
« Last post by Zweefer on July 28, 2021, 06:06:35 pm »
Agreed with iddee on the wax melter.
To get the wax out of the buckets, I would boil some water and pour it in to melt the wax. As a bonus it should also kill the wax moth. The wax and water will separate, leaving the water on the bottom to cool. Once cooled, the wax cake should be a bit smaller and with the water underneath it, much easier to pop out of the bucket.
Good luck!


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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Dead bees around hive
« Last post by iddee on July 28, 2021, 05:24:20 am »
I think you have your answer.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Spring approaching, neglected apiary
« Last post by iddee on July 28, 2021, 05:20:40 am »
First, what care are they going to get for the next 2 years? If constant care, then yes, open them and clean them up. If the same as the last two years, just add supers now and harvest as they fill. If you aren't going to go in them bi-weekly to monthly, then don't upset the arrangement they have now. Yes, they will swarm. That's what bees do. One entry per year will only cause harm. Either care for them often, or let them do their thing and you only collect honey from the supers.       
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General Beekeeping / Re: Processing large amounts of beeswax
« Last post by iddee on July 28, 2021, 05:11:04 am »
I would build a solar wax melter like one of these.
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Plans+for+a+solar+wax+melter&t=brave&ia=web
You didn't collect all that in one or two days, and I wouldn't try tp melt them all that quickly.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Hive Started from Swarm in Late June Won't Build Out
« Last post by Alklar20 on July 27, 2021, 10:10:20 pm »
Judging from afar, your description does sound like laying workers, the sour odor could be fermented honey (do you have small hive beetles in Wa.?). There are some honeys that normally have an odor, or at worst American Foulbrood. Google how to do a rope test for AFB.
"Do you have small hive beetles in Wa.?" I did a web search and found that there were small hive beetles in Washington. I'm not sure if they're in my specific location, though. I did a full inspection of the hive yesterday and found no signs of small hive beetle infestation.
"Google how to do a rope test for AFB." I know how to do a rope test for AFB. I used a small twig from the ground in place of a matchstick; the test was negative. I also uncapped a few of the cells of capped brood with my hive tool; the pupae looked normal.
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