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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:23 pm    Post subject: I think I have a problem Reply with quote

I can't find any eggs, or larvae in either of our hives and they both have a lot of chalk brood present. Hive one seems very lethargic although they seem to have plenty of stored food to eat. Hive two have used most of their stores but have a little left. I added a feeder to both hives to make sure they have easy access to something anyway.
I last checked both hives on August 5th when there was plenty of brood at all stages and new eggs, loads of capped brood and plenty of capped and uncapped stores. I only sighted the queen in hive 2 (new queen born this year) but the queen in hive one was definitely laying well also. Their honey stores were building up steadily so I left them alone during the period of really wet windy weather we just went through knowing they had plenty of their own stores to feed from.
I have just ordered some Beevital chalk brood by post to help deal with the fungus and both hives have open mesh floors on all year round. Our varroa counts have been nil for a year now. We are in our second year of beekeeping so still have a lot to learn and any advice would be much appreciated.
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