« Last post by ziffabeek on Today at 04:04:09 PM »
Thanks so much for the replies.
I'm leaning toward malnutrition. There was very little honey and pollen in the hive. I think the cluster is small and got behind the others in the early spring gathering. I'm an intuitive beekeeper and that is the answer that feels right. Besides, I think Iddee and Kathy are mystically linked to my hives because they are just about always right when it comes to them :).
It doesn't feel like foulbrood. I've seen that before and this doesn't really look like it to me. The cappings that are there are not depressed and the uncapped brood is not decomposed - just looks unfinished.
I put food on them directly. It's a beautiful warm day here and all the hives are flying. I can see pollen going into the hive. Unfortunately, I don't have the schedule to do a combine today. I am going to give them a week and then check them and make the decision to combine then.
As an aside question - how long does pollen last in the fridge? I have some I ordered last year that has been sitting unopened in my fridge. Wonder if I poured some of that on the inner lid?
All the others are in full gusto and the bee-highway is in full swing! - Hello spring!
Thanks again. I will post back results in a week.
love you guys!