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Poisoned Hive
JimDate: Sunday, 2009-05-17, 3:06 PM | Message # 1
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It is a sad day for one of my 12 hives up in Mancelona sad . My brother-in-law called me a couple of days ago to say the bees at one of my hives were acting as though they were drunk. They were stumbling out of the hive wandering around on the landing, then falling onto the ground where they perish. After a talk with Dave Anthony we came to the conclusion that one or a few of the bees got into some sort of pestiside and managed to survive long enough to get back to the hive and spread the toxicity to the rest. The rest of the hives in the apiary appear to be going gangbusters. So, hopefully, this is an isolated incident. Dave told me the same thing has happened to him before and that is the usual outcome. If you suspect something similar in one of your hives a tell tale sign, which mine had, is that the bees tend to die with their tongues sticking out. Bees that get into pesticides don't normally make it back to the hive. He said it is ok to resuse the equipment but I must clean all of the comb and foundation out of the affected hive before doing so or most likely would kill any new bees put into it. When I go up there this weekend we will be holding services and a mass burial for the poor girls. Now let us bow our heads for a moment of silence....... Thank you. You may return to your seats.

Cheers
Jim

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BradDate: Sunday, 2009-05-17, 7:13 PM | Message # 2
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this is horrible cry
is there much acerage of farming around there and what would be sprayed now fruit trees?
you should either go to COMB meeting or ask Don cause i woul be interested to hear what roger H has to say about that
and why only one hive
were these splits that you made
how much distance apart are the 12 colonies
i also have great respect for Dave Anthony i wish to learn all i can and will ask him about this next time i see him
all part of the learning curve and this is the stuff we need to share to help each other gain experience sorry bout the dead girls and drones
 
JimDate: Sunday, 2009-05-17, 10:43 PM | Message # 3
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Thanks brother. Most of the farming in and around Mancelona is potato farming. Thousands of acres of it. However, my bees are several miles from that. The only thing I've seen in the area are small gardens that are near enough to my hives but nobody plants up there until about the 2nd week of June. There is tons of star thistle in the area which makes me wonder if some sort of irradication program is going on, but again, I've heard nothing about that starting, or if it is even going to happen as of yet. I know there's talk. It remains a mystery so far.

You'll have to enlighten me on COMB. Never heard of the joint.

I guess only one hive was affected because either a: those were the only bees that found it, or b: the other bees didn't make it back to their hive alive.

These were package carniolan bees I bought from Dave.

The 12, 11 now, colonies are in a small clearing amongst the pines on my sister's property. They sit relatively close to each other in groupings of 2. Indeed, the hive 1 foot away is doing just dandy!

My sis removed the hive from the apiary today so I don't have to worry about the other bees getting in there. I'll bring the hive home with me this weekend and get rid of the comb and foundation to make it ready for re-use. I will investigate whatever steps I must take before putting it back into the rotation however.

On a side note, the picture you see as my avatar is one of my honeybees up in Mancelona on a star thistle bloom.

Cheers
Jim

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LumpyGravyDate: Tuesday, 2009-05-19, 11:14 AM | Message # 4
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On a side note, the picture you see as my avatar is one of my honeybees up in Mancelona on a star thistle bloom

ah I was admiring your AVI and wondered where you had found it.. makes it even cooler (is Cooler a word?)!!!


 
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