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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

It looks "grim".

I checked on the italian hive and not all looks well. I'm now seeing bees with obvious varroa paricitation, such as terribly deformed wings, and the hive also appears to have sacbrood and possible AFB...AFB (American Foul Brood) is probably the most dreaded of the bee diseases. It's highly contagioous and nearly impossible to destroy. There was some honey, though not the ammount to be expected durring a honeyflow. The hive also appears to have swarmed, probably when I was at school. This could explain why there were bees near the porch that one day. A swarm could also explain why there seems to be alot of honey missing. Swarms "tank-up" before they leave to establish a new colony. The current italian colony obviously has a new queen but, it could take up to 6-8 weeks more to get the population up to "pre-swarm" conditions. Hopefully, I'm only seeing discolored sacbrood, instead of AFB. If it's AFB then I'll be forced out the the "Bee-bussiness" ASAP.


Blogger Cardboard Knight said...

When one succeeds, the other fails. I am sorry Nathan.


7:04 PM, March 28, 2006  

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