Yesterday hit 65 degrees here in Michigan. I took the opportunity to get into the hives......
I started 3 new hives this spring and they were booming all summer.
Well now their just gone!
One hive had maybe 30 bees and I found the queen in the middle of an empty frame with 3 other bees with her.
I saw no dead bees, no signs of something disastrous they were there in Sept. too late for a swarm I would think.
Each hive had one medium super packed full of honey mid July and then it all stopped....that's all the honey they collected for the season.
Oh well I split up the resources between them, it's really a good thing the 2 hives were gone as I was able to give their honey to the other hives.
This is my 4th year beekeeping never had this happen before.
I really miss the whole honey experience, I never realized how much I enjoyed that part of beekeeping.
I remember reading that the honey is why some people quit beekeeping, now I know that's my favorite part.
Has anyone else had a bad year? I spoke with a few other beeks in this area and they had the same problem of no honey.
One guy said that it was because there was not enough rain for the plants to produce nectar.
It's weird because I didn't think it was that bad of a year we had some dry spells but the plants looked healthy enough.