Ok to use?

tartrazineJune 28, 2011

For our first year of beekeeping last year we got two hives. One of them did great, the other died off at the end of the summer. We put a new package of bees in this hive this spring, but the brood boxes were kind of weird. Especially the top one which we haven't put back on yet.

Here are a few pictures of the brood box, complete with dead bees from last year. Do these look normal? Did this hive likely die to do not getting enough food, or drifting or robbing from the other hive next to it? I wanted to make sure it wasn't due to disease. Also, why does the comb looks so uneven?

Thanks!

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randy41_1

the comb looks fine to me but i would be concerned about why the colony failed. is it possible they were exposed to pesticides? there may be some residual on the combs if that is the case.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2011 at 12:14PM
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tartrazine

I live in a residential area so I'm sure there are pesticides (and herbicides). People put so much crap on their lawns...

I've heard pesticides can be even more of a problem in rural areas though due to their use in agriculture. The other hive did great though; it thrived on neglect even.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2011 at 6:14PM
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