Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sick Hive Follow-Up

My new queen is installed, accepted, and laying in my European Foulbrood-stricken hive, y'all! I did have to let her out of her queen cage on the fourth day because the girls didn't get it done, but details details. She's laying! 

And what's even better is I think this approach to EFB management is working for me- taking out the old queen broke the brood cycle, which gave the nurse bees a chance to catch up on cleaning out the cells. At the same time the forager bees were also able to use the break to start storing food again, and I'm also feeding them to make sure any bacteria-laced stores remaining are quickly purged.

I'm cautiously optimistic, but it feels so good to be optimistic again!

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