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Author Topic: CCD in Observation Hive?  (Read 750 times)
indypartridge
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« on: October 31, 2007, 06:56:30 AM »

Since Understudy (Brendhan) is Down Under, I'll post a link.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071030/NEWS/710300371/-1/NEWS10&sfad=1

Writer concludes that CCD is the "only" explanation, but with an observation hive I think there could be several alternatives.
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007, 12:56:16 AM »

The article is nice, with imagination.
So, the queen calling is similar to Canadian geese calling. Smiley

And:

" It swarmed again in the same year, except this time, it was different, and it was something that can only be called CCD."

I would say "absconding". Absconding is so old as the beehaving. Older than CCD.

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2007, 10:53:40 PM »

Well, I don't know about his statement about swarming so late, that it doesn't happen.  I had a swarm issue on September 6 (last), I had caught the swarm at a family reunion that I had.  (I had the opportunity to show off and perform  -- and show all my  many, many, many relatives this acquired skill of catching a swarm). This colony has built up quite considerably.  Carniolan.  The winter ball is quite big and when I looked into their colony around the beginning of October, they had quite a lot of brood being reared, I would say about a frame and a half.  (one frame of brood equals three frames of bees, correct? yep).  This colony will make it through the winter.  Of course I fed the dickens out of this swarm and gave them pollen patty for the young bees.  Their box feels quite heavy.  I will take good care of it through the winter and see how it does next year.   Have a wonderful day, best of this great life.  Cindi
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