Yes unfortunately I lost my bee colony!

Now of course I don’t mean that I have misplaced them, they have died.

I saw them flying when we had those sunny days after the snow and I was a happy chappy, there were bees flying outside the entrance and I thought we were okay.

Then came that really wet, windy and cold patch that lasted almost two weeks and after that, nothing. I couldn’t get up to the hive as the ground was very wet and muddy and so I kept looking out through binoculars, but I didn’t spot a single bee!

Anyway on Friday I finally got up to the hive and my wife took all the kit I needed up there for me and I opened up the hive and yep, dead bees.

I thought maybe they have starved, I was convinced that I had messed up.

But no!

There was still a lot and I mean a lot, of honey in the hive. They had consumed quite a bit but there is no way that they starved and so I went into panic mode convinced that someone had sprayed them with bug spray.

It wasn’t that. There was no sign of any sealed brood and so it seems that I may have lost the queen or the queen failed and so that was the end of my colony.

So I removed all the honey, I gave the hive a good clean and took out any comb that was wonky or crossing two bars and put some lemongrass oil in and closed back up.

Hopefully I get a scout spot it and then get a swarm, if not this year well then we will have to see what 2022 brings!

I will still be shooting some videos as I have the beekeeping gear that I purchased from Simon the Beekeeper that I want to review as I have been so happy with my purchases!

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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