|Posted by Hannah Safford on March 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM|
by Nadirah Mansour
Winter’s always rough on bees. In fact, most beekeepers loose some percentage of their population every winter. We’d been lucky in previous years: we hadn’t lost hives before this year, when we unfortunately lost two. They’d made it through Hurricane Sandy, only to get a mite infestation. We hadn’t medicated because we’d had trouble finding medication in the fall (we’d harvested a little later this year), and this is likely what lead to their loss. We’re taking this as a learning experience and should probably harvest earlier next time, as well as stocking up on medication well in advance.
We plan on rebuilding and have recieved a few generous donations to do so. We’re currently researching hives in the area, as well as equipment costs: when we have mites in a hive, it’s best just to trash it all (there were also mice living in the empty hives). Another effect is that we won’t be having a harvest this year since the hives we get will be so young. But fear not! We’ll still be having events and should have new hives by May!