Our sign in peace

Our sign in peace
Our sign in peace

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bee news-Good and Bad...

I have not even wanted to talk about our bee losses this year. We lost every hive due to the brutal winter we had, all three hives gone. This winter was one of the harshes ones we have had in a  long time.
 The sadess part is that as I pulled the frames out, they had frames filled with honey. As I inspected each frame, it was obvious that they froze to death. Their little bodies were head first in the cells as they exhausted the food source and then froze. We had very high losses throughout Connecticut for bee keepers.
However, all was not lost for me! I also manage a three frame observation hive at the Nature Center where I work and they survived this brutal winter, mainly because they were inside. A couple of weeks ago I was down there and it was clear that they were getting ready to swarm so I took the trouble makers out and...
placed them in my nuc hive, and brought them home. They were attempting to raise three queens. Yesterday I opened it up and found no queen, but healthy bees and a few drones. That however, can mean a few things, 1) they all fought to the death, 2) the surviving queen is out mating or 3) she may have been eaten by a bird in her mating flight. I will check back in a couple of days. In the meantime, I recieved an email that my bees were shipped today so I will have more bees to work with in just a few days! Bee Keeping can be discouraging with the losses but you have to get back and not give up! The bees need us and the plants need the bees! 

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