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With Much Sadness I Report…

Posted by on January 16, 2015
Dead bees on the frame

Dead bees on the frame

Although everything looked fine just a few weeks before, I put my ear to one of my hives this morning and heard nothing. Not the tell-tale swish of the ocean, not a far away hum. Nothing.

I steeled myself for the inevitable, and muttering no-no-no in a hushed tone, I opened the hive. It was still and lifeless; thousands of bees still clinging to the frames.

After talking to a local beekeeper about the incident, we think they died of starvation. While there was lots of sugar an¬†inch from the frames, their local stores of honey were almost entirely gone. There was even a frame of bees “butt out”, indicating starvation.

The realization that I let them starve is depressing, but like all setbacks in beekeeping, I have vowed to learn from the experience, and move forward.

Thankfully I have another colony¬†that’s doing well, and now I’m focusing on nurturing it until spring.

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