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Replacing frames infected with chalk brood


#1

I am new to beekeeping and 8 weeks ago got my first nuc. About one month in there were clear signs of chalk brood disease on the 4 frames that came with the nuc and no action on the 4 new frames I added to the brood box. Today I checked hive and the bees are very active on the new frames, they look much healthier than the 4 older frames with little sign of the disease whereas the older frames have lots of evidence of chalk brood. Should I replace the diseased frames with new ones as a strategy for eradicating the chalk brood? Thank you


#2

Yes. Work them out of the box or if the colony is strong enough just shake the bees off and sacrifice the brood


#3

Thanks Dee for giving me the confidence to try that solution. Appreciated . Moira


#4

I noticed on one of Valli’s videos that an inspector wouldn’t be seriously worried about chalk brood unless it affected half the brood. I had some frames that bad last year. I did as you said, I cut the brood out.


#5

Great thanks for taking the time jeff- I will try this. Cheers Moira


#6

I didn’t see that one. I would do something about it well before half the brood was affected. It’s peculiar an inspector suggesting that. It might mean that a beginner would see some affected cells and do nothing


#7

Me too! I start getting worried at around 10% (eyeball estimate, of course). :sweat: