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Bees going, going, gone… | Speedkin

Bees going, going, gone…

A friend came over today so we could look over the frames & brood together, maybe learn some things from each other.  We cracked open each hive only to find most of them… gone.

  • Max, the old Carniolan hive, is completely gone.
  • Fred, the old Italian hive, is still there and has brood but is much, much smaller now.  I figure it was one of the swarms from the other day.  We took off everything but the one deep brood box.
  • Fang, one of the new Carniolan hives, is completely gone.
  • Snow White, the other new Carniolan hive, is completely gone.
  • Honey, a new Italian hive, is completely gone.
  • John, a new Italian hive, is completely gone.
  • Phyllis, a new Italian hive, is still there but very small.
  • Hans Huberman, a new Italian hive, is still big and doing well.
  • The new swarm capture from the other day is still there and active.  We didn’t even bother opening that one.

Bleh.  I’m going to go stick my head in the toilet.

6 Responses to “Bees going, going, gone…”

  1. Mo April 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Oh, crud. Were the swarms your then, on their way out?

    • Mo April 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      Yours. Yours, darnit, yours! *can’t edit after posting*

  2. Chris April 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Wow- that is heart-breaking! Especially after all the work to prepare the apiary and get new equipment ready.

    I was wondering the same thing–if the swarms you saw/caught were from some of the packages you just hived, trying to leave already?

    It’s not uncommon for packages of bees to abscond shortly after being installed.

    You’re installation method of them seemed perfect to me, nothing wrong there. The bees must have had something else in mind.

    Don’t be discouraged though–set up some swarm traps and catch a few swarms to repopulate the ones that left!

    Show Me The Honey Blog

  3. Gail April 18, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    wow, that’s just unbelievable. Sure do hope some new bees decide to come make a home with you guys.

  4. Jo April 21, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Oh, wow! That is crazy. So sorry that happened to you after all of the hard work. Hopefully, the hive you have left will thrive and produce. Sending lots of good thoughts your way!!!!

  5. Diane April 25, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Thanks, guys. We’re just considering the absconded packages our contribution to the local agriculture. Heh.

    Yep, the swarm we caught was ours, I’m sure. As was the one that was too high to get.

    A super duper nice guy, Paul, gave us a swarm at last night’s monthly beekeeping meeting. How cool is that?? So now we have one more. And I got a call to do a cut out on a house so, hopefully, we’ll get a new hive out of that one.

    It’ll all work out eventually.

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