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A sad discovery and a question.

Hello folks.

I’m sorry that this post, and any activity really, has been a long time coming.

Out here in the Philly suburbs, we had a long and late winter. As I posted before, I saw activity after the next to the last storm of the winter.

I am very sorry to inform everyone.. However, the hive did not survive the last storm of the winter.

I can tell you, I was unprepared for how this would affect me.. It’s difficult to state how emotionally attached one gets to the family of bees you are raising. Once I discovered that the hive had collapsed, it was like I was kicked in the stomach.

Since I discovered this, I have been going through a bit of a ‘dark night of the beekeeper’s soul’. Should I continue? Can I add value to people by offering advice while I lost my own hive? I believe I can add value by sharing my mistakes but will people still listen?

On the positive side, I am committed to installing a new package in May.

I think I have come to the conclusion to ask all of you. Should I
continue to produce the podcast and update here? Please drop me a line either in the comments or via the feedback form and let me know your candid opinion – I would greatly appreciate it.

In any case, I will photo document the State of the hive as I go through the boxes and inspect the frames.

Please drop me a line.



8 comments to A sad discovery and a question.

  • Mil

    Hi Will,
    I can understand how you feel. We lost two of our four hives over the winter. We had made mistakes with not feeding them, and so we felt bad about that.

    Yes, you can add value by sharing your mistakes! My master beekeeper teacher, Serge Labesque, always told us that he had made so many mistakes when he started out with the bees.

    You sound like a passionate beekeeper and we need all the good beekeepers out there to help save them, so vote yes, Will, keep going with the bees.

    Best wishes,

  • Hi Will,

    Sorry about your hive. You are not alone – mine did not survive either. Order a new package of bees and install them, and continue to share what you learn. “Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” So yes, you can add value, and if at first you didn’t succeed, try again.



  • Jerry

    From Peru…”Keep On Keeping On”…”Onward Thru the Fog” Oat Willie

  • Hi Will,

    Sorry to hear about your hive, I know how you feel as we lost a hive last winter in New Zealand as well.

    We do the best we can in providing our bees a sealed and dry home and we did learn some things from our loss, the hive had some gaps in between the boxes. The bees didn’t have enough time left in the season to fill these up.

    This winter we are going to seal the boxes with masking tape and ensure that we don’t crack open the bees propolis seals.

    I enjoyed your podcast and it would be sad if it ended, sometimes the best teacher is experience. But remember Will the bees are wild animals and things sometimes happen out side our control.

    Keep smiling….Gary

  • Karma


    I’m new to beekeeping and found your site through a Google search. Your link to the honey laundering article has helped me in researching topics to include in a persuasive speech I’m giving for a college-level communications class on the benefits of suburban beekeeping.

    I believe the value I’ve received just by visiting your site once is worth a lot. Please don’t quit!

    Your bees loved you as much as you loved them. Keep going and share the love with another colony. The world needs more bees, help make that happen!

    In the future, beekeeping newbies like me will need your expertise. Thank you for your honesty and knowledge.


  • Mike

    Great website you have here. Don’t give up! 🙂

    A friend of mine in NH lost his bees this past winter, too. The long, intense cold was just too much for some hives. But that’s nature’s way… the descendants of surviving hives will be hardier and more likely to endure future storms.

  • Don

    Whether you continue the podcast and website depends upon whether you enjoy educating people about beekeeping. I became interested in beekeeping about one year ago and your package installation video was among the first items I saw on the internet regarding this hobby. I decided to become a beekeeper in the summer of last year and am anxiously awaiting my first two packages, which should arrive this weekend. I think you probably influenced more people than you think. As far as losing your hive is concerned, at my short course, one of the teachers said that even if you lose your hive(s) the first year, if your bees produce lots of drawn comb, you are considered a success.

  • Bob

    Your losses are our losses. Your acheivments are our acheivments. Lets experience them together

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