- Aug 15, 2021
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- Shropshire, UK
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The only options for EFB are shook-swarm or destruction and which depends on circumstances of how advanced and whether there's a spike in cases locally. Which, is determined by the inspector. In this case, destruction.My guess is a serious protein deficiency. She is refilling cells where eggs that have likely been cannibalized (chilled and removed also possible). In my experience, a queen that fizzles out begins laying drone eggs and eventually has nothing else to lay. This girl is trying, and still laying worker eggs.
I’m generally getting away from putting foodstuffs inside the hives. It is rampant in the US, as commercial beeks ramp up early populations with pollen patties. Nothing particularly wrong with the practice, and I’ll still do it where needed, but it’s just extra work, and has its own set of complications (hive beetle nursery for instance).
If this hive was in my yard they would have a small bit of pollen patty squeezed thin for max exposure, like today. No more than I thought they’d consume in 4-5 days.
Last spring I opened a hive that looked worse than this, with deformed wing and other issues. I realized that in making splits or nucs, I had left them void of stored pollen through the winter. While I was sickened that my negligence had caused it (probably not the case with you), I acted immediately. This handful of sick bees was turned around and was eventually very productive, though 4-5 weeks later than others.
edit: I didn’t read all posts mentioning EFB. It’s fairly common here, but my advice would stand, treating nutritional need first, then requeen if not turned around within 1 brood cycle. But this may be like CBPV and many other issues you guys face. I can find 3-4K bees here with the coloring of CBPV, and over time many times that number. While I’m sure it shortens individual lives, I’ve yet to see a single bee trembling and disoriented from it. Please forgive my ignorance, as all beekeeping is local, as are the challenges.