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PeterH
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:56 pm    Post subject: Inspection question Reply with quote

Hi,
I'm a new beekeeper, only got my first colony in May, which is looking fine and healthy and is settling into my top bar hive with no obvious signs of disease of any kind.

But, a couple of weeks before i got my colony i was contacted by my local bee inspector, because i'd registered that i would shortly be getting a colony on BeeBase.

Apparently there is an outbreak of EFB about 5 miles away from me, and he was checking to see if i had any bees yet.

Now i've updated Beebase with my colony details and my first full inspection, but after that i was planning to just inspect once every couple of weeks rather than every week.

Now i've kept the Inspectors number just in case i become concerned about anything, but i've been re-thinking my plans to inspect every two weeks, and wondering whether every week would be more appropriate with the outbreak not being that far away?

Any thoughts or suggestions?
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My top bar hives and nationals have all been inspected by the bee inspector this year and last because of EFB within 2Km. All were clear. I would suggest inviting the bee inspector to visit. If anything Our local one was very respectful and I learned from his going through my hives. But unless you really feel the need to I wouldn't up your inspection regime. (My personal opinion is that too many inspections increases the risk of disease.

Dave
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would agree with Dave. Opening the colony too often disrupts and stresses them to some extent and stressed colonies are believed to be more susceptible to EFB.
I also agree that Bee Inspectors can be a great resource in learning anout bees and how to handle them particularly when you are a beginner. I have not been inspected since I got my top bar hives and I know some bee inspectors can be a bit negative about them but I think they are slowly learning and the tide is changing in that respect.
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PeterH
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dave, Barbara,
Thank you both. I'll take your advice and give my local inspector a call, but won't up my inspection regime, as much as I'd like to see how they're getting on more frequently.

All the best
Peter
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