New Beekeeper needs advice...

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by knichel, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. knichel

    knichel New Member

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    Last year (Summer 2011) I started 3 Colonies on a platform that was about 6 feet long. Most of the 2 outer colonies bees ended up in the middle colony. I nursed them along and by September the middle colony was booming (actually put on a honey super) and the 2 outer ones were doing OK (Second Hive body on). In Late October, one of the hives suddenly died. So I wintered the 2 remaining fine.

    This summer I purchased a NUC and started the third colony again. The 2 that wintered were doing fine. So I waited ( and fed them with honey-b-healthy added to my mix ) until the 2 hive bodies were fairly full again and put on a honey super.

    Today I went out to check (first time in 2 weeks due to bad weather and scheduling) and one of the 2 that I wintered seems to have vanished. A few hundred bees but no honey or brood. The second hive that I wintered seems to be getting weaker. Much of the second hive body is empty and the honey super hasn't been touched. There is lots of brood in the hive bodies so I know there is a queen. The new NUC is doing fine, added second hive body today.

    What the heck is going on? I spoke with other keepers that have hives close together and they have no problems.

    Any advice would be most appreciated.

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    Mike
     
  2. Mosti

    Mosti New Member

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    could this colony have swarmed?
     

  3. knichel

    knichel New Member

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    Thanks for the reply,
    I suppose, but the hive did not seem to be over crowded... I am new to this so don't know what to do about swarming.
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Have you did a mite count? It sounds like a common 2nd year mite infestation and dwindle.
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    it does seem like some varroa monitoring technique would be in order.

    often times figuring out what it ain't is equally important to figuring out what it is.