RIP Bees

We  have lost 2 hives of bees.  When I say lost, I don’t mean we have mislaid them, I mean they have died.

Three weeks ago on a sunny Sunday, we could see the bees flying from all three hives.  Then gradually this movement slowed down in hives 1 and 2, until last Monday we could see no movement.  So Neil donned his bee suit and went to investigate.  In hive 1 there was nothing, no bees at all, and in hive 2 there was a mass of dead bees.

A mass of dead bees

So Neil spoke to the bee inspector and sent over some pictures, and the bee inspector said it was most likely that the bees had died because of the varrora mite.  Last year, when these 2 hives were inspected, varrora mite was found.  So Neil treated the hives with thymol which is supposed to kill the varrora mite, but it would seem that with the Spring the varrora became active again and the bees just didn’t have the number or the resistance to survive the mites.

Neil was really disappointed and felt quite despondent when he discovered this.  But unfortunately it is something that sometimes happens to bees, and the bee inspector himself had lost 5 hives out of 30, so it’s not just us.

We are thinking that maybe we will buy another nucleus of bees to replace the dead ones, but firstly the hives need clearing out, all the frames destroyed and the hives themselves fumigated and sterilised.

I don’t think you go into beekeeping to make money!!.  Whilst we still have some honey to sell and some to serve to our B&B guests, we obviously hope to produce more this year, and so we will have to pay out over £120 for a new nucleus of bees.

Life in the country eh!!!

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3 Comments »

  1. I write another blog as well, WVFarm2u, which I enjoy as I get to visit the many small farms in this mountainous state. A few weeks ago I visited one that had bees and learned a lot about the mite. I’m sorry 2 of your 3 hives were lost.

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