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Hive Hygiene

 
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Melcbee
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 11:30 am    Post subject: Hive Hygiene Reply with quote

I have two top bar hives. Both went queenless last year and despite some operations I could not revive them. I chose not to buy a new queen through the post, it seemed like it was not wise to encourage weak colonies to continue. I do not know the reasons for the queenlessness, or if there was any illness amongst the bees. Nothing looks or smells odd in the hive boxes but this will be my third beekeeping year so I am fairly new to it. A beekpeeper friend of mine uses a blow torch to clean old wax and propolis off of her National frames for hygiene and to prevent any possible disease transfer.
Is this a wise move in the natural beekeeping world too? I have never lost a colony before so haven't put bees into pre-used hives as mine were built new.
Any advice gratefully received!
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Trip
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Location: USA, New York, Westchester

PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you dont have a good ID on why your hives died out I think using a blowtirch on your hive is a prudent measure before adding new bees.
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it may be good practice in a "well it can't hurt" approach to things.
best of luck
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