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mark123abc0
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unproductive hive

Post by mark123abc0 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:59 pm

Hello All,

I have a hive that has not produced any honey or even fill out the comb in the brood box in weeks. the hive seems to have no beetles or wax moth and appears healthy enough. The queen is laying as the population is growing, just slowly and they are just not producing anything.
Any hints or tips to kick start the hive?

Thomas
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Re: unproductive hive

Post by Thomas » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:27 pm

I am having much the same issue - not a lot of bees or activity in any of my 3 hives and no honey to speak of. It seems to be a bad season for most of us.

I've been debating if I should just start feeding them now, or wait a bit longer and see if conditions improve. It looks like I'll definitely have to feed them over winter anyways.

RBK
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Re: unproductive hive

Post by RBK » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:12 pm

mark123abc0 wrote:Hello All,

I have a hive that has not produced any honey or even fill out the comb in the brood box in weeks. the hive seems to have no beetles or wax moth and appears healthy enough. The queen is laying as the population is growing, just slowly and they are just not producing anything.
Any hints or tips to kick start the hive?
Starting from the start...

How old is the hive? is it new this season?
Have you used foundation in the brood box? how much of the foundation is drawn to full depth?
How did you source your bees, was it a swarm / package / nuc?
Did the bees you received come with a new queen from a breeder?
How many frames is the hive? 8/10 frame?
Have they swarmed this season?

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