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Bees left after 2 months


#1

I was injured and unable to take care of the bee hive in any way for about 3 months during the heat of the summer. The bee are gone. Could it be due to overheating. I will try again next spring, and want to keep the bees happy. Any suggestions welcome.


#2

Hey Brad, sorry you were injured & hope all’s well now. Do you know roughly when the bees left the building? And, whereabouts do you live? Could be they swarmed, which is just normal reproduction & can be prevented (meaning you get to keep the swarm) with careful monitoring & specific interventions - impossible to do in your situation, but here’s hoping they’re alive & well in some tree hollow down the street! Hope you try again in 2017 :sweat_smile:


#3

I live by Nolin lake in KY. I had a bad fall and tore my rt knee ligaments . They had to surgically re-attatch them. I’m getting much better now. Evan when they swarm don’t some of the bees stay? I’m new to beekepping, but learn fast.
THANKS


#4

Sorry about your injury.

So you got bees in July? That is too late in my opinion. Start looking asap for a package or nucleus colony for an April/May delivery.
They’ll do much better.

A swarm in May is worth a load of hay.
A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon.
A swarm in July ain’t worth a fly.


#5

Wow, sounds painful! But now you have a built-in weather report :smile: Broke my wrist to pieces & now I always know when rain or snow is coming.

Hmm, well you’re right about some staying behind with a swarm. I’m only a newbee myself & my next guess would be that they left because you didn’t have & couldn’t replenish a nearby water source because of being laid up…but you live in Nolin Lake! Does that mean you’re near a real lake?

Just saw RHCP’s reply & he knows his bee stuff. Listen to him :+1:


#6

That is usually true if they get overcrowded, or if they are a package with not much invested in your location. However, even if they are a nucleus, and then get overwhelmed with wasps/yellow jackets/aggressive ants, they may abscond with no signs of swarm preparation. I am speaking from personal experience… :blush:

Hope things go better for you next year :slight_smile:


#7

Yes bees that don’t like where they live and find life hard will abscond as a last resort in an effort to survive


#8

I wrote an article on this you might find helpful: http://beekeepinglikeagirl.com/why-did-my-bees-leave/