[ocba] Thoroughly disheartened
verrildd at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 28 08:32:59 EST 2011
I have one hive, and my bees have absconded for the second year in a row. The first year I had the hive, the bees overwintered wonderfully and did great through that spring and summer. The following spring they were gone. I bought new bees and installed in the existing frames and they seemed to be doing great through the spring, summer, and fall. Checked on them yesterday and was met with an empty hive.
So, now I am considering either quitting, waiting a year and trying again, waiting a year and trying a top bar hive. I just don't know what to do. I hate to give up on this, but I can't bear to have another spring that begins like this. Maybe I should have gotten all new frames when I installed the new bees last spring. I just don't know.
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