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Bush_84
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« on: June 30, 2013, 08:00:28 PM »

A little background info first.  All of my hives died over the winter.  I got 8 packages.  All Italianate from the same source.  Seven at my house and one at an out apiary.  They were also unfortunately 2 lb packages, but that's another story...anyways. 

The hive at the out apiary developed chalkbrood.  Spotty pattern and mummies on the door step.  The bees are cleaning out the dead nicey with no visible brood troubles in the comb.  No sunken cappings.  One or two chalk mummies still in comb in the entire hive.  Otherwise things look healthy.  So I think it's just the chalkbrood.  My issue is the hive I had there last year had chalkbrood as well.  These were carniolans from a different source.  Also none of the bees at my house have troubles.  So is this bad luck or a location issue?  It has been a very wet year but again non of my other hives have issues.  This apiary is on a lake.  He is also an incredible gardener.  His yard is like a jungle.  So could either of these things be an issue?  Some lake thing or garden chemical?  Two hives at the same location just has me wondering.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 08:27:52 AM »

move them to a sunny dryer spot and it should clear up
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 08:45:54 AM »

Well that's another thing I didn't mention, they are in a different spot from last year.  They are in full sun and it is dry on small hill.
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013, 08:58:40 AM »

I would requeen.  Chalkbrood is often genetic.
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2013, 12:54:23 PM »

I would requeen.  Chalkbrood is often genetic.


Well that's what I thought...just must be bad luck then. 
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