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  1. Jeff
    September 15, 2010


    Read up and look for comparisons. If the expelled brood is while then luck may eb on your side.

    I remember you mentioning that you feed teh bees some honey you purcahsed. Spores can live in teh honey and if injected by teh nurse bees/larve coudl potentially casue problems.

    • Phillip
      September 15, 2010

      I was just looking at the larvae. They’re all white. So I don’t think it’s AFB.

  2. Phillip
    September 15, 2010

    I remember you mentioning that you feed teh bees some honey you purchased. Spores can live in the honey…

    I know. That’s my big concern right now.

    The other hive, which wasn’t fed as much honey at the beginning, seems fine. Damn. We’ll see.

  3. Phillip
    September 15, 2010

    The bees have been shut-in for the past few days of cold, wet and miserable weather. It’s 4pm and the sun came out about an hour ago. The bees in both hives, but especially Hive #1, are virtually swarming around the entrances. We often see this when they’ve been cooped up for a while. Lots of new baby bees stretching their wings for the first time.

    If I were to judge from what I see now, I’d say the colony in Hive #1 is still in tip-top shape. I hope this clearing of dead drone larvae was a one-time thing.

    I’ll see what Aubrey says about the larvae I dropped off at his place.

  4. Phillip
    September 15, 2010

    Okay, I have another theory now. I was just out checking out the hive and noticed a large crack between the inner cover and the top brood box. Normally that crack is protected from the weather by the telescoping outer cover. But for the past week, I’ve had a medium super on top of the inner cover so I can put two Boardman feeders inside the super. The top cover is now on top of that super. Blah, blah, blah… cut to the chase:

    During the crazy rain and wind we’ve had for the past four days, rain very likely got blown through the crack and right into the top brood box. I saw the crack. It’s a thick crack. Rain falling at an angle in the wind could easily get through the crack and soak a portion of the hive.

    My guess is, the cold rain got in and soaked one side of a frame full of brood. The dead larvae look like drones to me, but who knows, soak them in water and they might puff up and look like fat drone larvae.

    Anyway, that’s my best guess for now. The cold rain inside the hive soaked some brood cells and killed a bunch of brood.

    I’ll mention this to Aubrey if he calls back tonight. I’ll mention the fact that I fed the bees store-bought honey at one time too. We’ll see what he says.

    I’m not working tomorrow afternoon, so I’ve decided to do a full inspection, weather permitting, to see if my theory holds up. If cold rain got in the hive, then the frame next to the leak should have some water damage — and lots of dead brood cells.

    I hope that’s all it is.

    I’ve since duct taped over the big crack on the side of the hive.

  5. Jamie Krasnoo
    September 15, 2010

    Brood when they’re young look all white. These look like they were in the red eye phase. If it was chalk brood the brood would have been really white with black grime on them (looks like black coffee grounds) as the fungus fruited. I see no fungus or fruiting bodies. I think this brood got waterlogged and chilled. I see water pooling at the front around the bodies. Make sure you have the back of the hive propped up about an inch so the water runs out of the entrance.

    • Phillip
      September 16, 2010

      Jamie, your comment didn’t show up right away. I don’t know why, but it was held for moderation. Anyway, you’re probably right. Add possible water damage to the possibilities.

      I do have the hive propped up so the water drains out. But I’m thinking I might prop it up an extra half inch just to be safe.

  6. Jeff
    September 15, 2010

    Sunday is calling for good weather too. My bees were out in force again today. I can smell teh nectar evaporting.

  7. Phillip
    February 12, 2011

    I just added an update to this post. It confirms what I was thinking, that the drones and their pupae are the first to get the boot when food becomes scarce. I’m surprised none of the beekeepers I asked about this had heard of it before. Anyway, I’m not going to worry about it if I see it again. The bees know what they’re doing.

  8. DEB
    November 7, 2012

    Love your website. Your bees are beautiful. We got some bee hives on the roof top of my dad’s restaurant. Two, I think.

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