Winter Loses

Spring can be a significant challenge for bees and beekeepers. These early spring day bring with it warmer temperatures, allowing beekeepers to access the strength of hives, feed if necessary and plan for the season. The other unfortunate but unavoidable task is removing dead hives. Of our thirty hives, we lost nine this spring. It never makes sense these losses. We do all the right things, use integrated pest management practices, replace old comb, treat for mites, leave them with lot of honey each fall, 80-100 lbs. We wrap, we use wind blocks, we ventilate to reduce moisture in the hive, but still, we are faced each spring with dead hives. My friend lost over 60% of his hives, been keepin

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