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Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by cohophysh, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. cohophysh

    cohophysh New Member

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    Hi folks.
    I have a used hive that has been sitting around for awhile, no bees but there is material (old combs) on the frames. Do I need to clean this out before putting a new colony in the boxes?
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  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    It depends on when, how, and why they died. If a normal winter die out, they are safe to use as is. If they died in summer or fall and still had brood, I would not use them without treating as if foulbrood was present.

    Can you give more info on the death?
     

  3. cohophysh

    cohophysh New Member

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    Just normal die out.
     
  4. Bcrazy

    Bcrazy New Member

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    What we have to watch out for in a 'normal' die out is Nosema.

    N.ceranae is the virolent one of the two types, and shows no out ward sign, so if the die out was caused by Nosema then I deffinately would not reccomed using old comb as the spores on and in the comb last for a few years.

    I would start with fresh foundation and let the bees build the comb.

    Regards;
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    We have very little nosema ceranae, and nosema apis doesn't hold on like that. 99.9% of the winter die outs here are from mites or starvation, which is usually caused by mites weakening the bees.