This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, January 06, 2017

I lost both my bee hives already

empty hives IMG_6462

:-( The boxes of both my hives are now empty and stacked crosswise. I was sad to see so many bees die. I am guessing they died from dripping condensation as I saw water droplets in the hive when I opened it. I noticed bees begin to die in November, just after it got cold. (more ...)



Blogger Lorri said...

I am so sorry. That must be so heartbreaking.

January 07, 2017 5:35 PM

Blogger Roberta Ann said...

I too am sorry to hear this. I am concerned about my husbands two hives. We live in Oregon. We have had some snow, not as outrageous are some places. I am hoping to see one alive one on a sunny day. Last year my husband opened up the hives to check on them and he lost one hive, we believe by doing that.. I hope that is not the case for us. I loved watching them this past spring and summer... Do you plan to replace with more?

January 08, 2017 8:00 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I have only opened the hives on sunny days above about 55 F. I think that's the recommendation. But still I'm surprised opening actually killed the hive. I'll make sure I'm very careful with that. In the winter, I usually only lift the boxes to check for weight, which tells me how much honey they have left. And I look in briefly to make sure there are active bees.

Yes, I do plan to get more bees next year. I'm hoping I'm right that high humidity was the problem and I have advice on how to fix it. Good luck with your bees!!

January 08, 2017 11:08 PM


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