Hiya: Small time beekeeper, 7 hives going into winter, seems like 6 now as spring approches. Got a Question. Around the middle of January of this year, 22 degrees F. with 2 ft of snow on ground, I went out to feed and leave my chickens out & the ground was full of dead honeybees , all over the snow, even in the front yard. Anyone got a clue to what happened that night, all hives were not touched. Last year I left the Lord’s honeybees have all the honey that they made last year. Just a old man trying to take care of my Lord’s bees just Ron
You probably have more knowledge and definitely have more experience as a beekeeper than do I. I can’t help you with an answer but I will post your question to LISTSERV – Informed Discussion of Beekeeping Issues and Bee Biology which has 860 very knowledgeable subscribers.
I’ll post the responses here.
Thank You Mike! just Ron
I got this response:
My guess is that sometime before your trip to the beeyard, you had a sunny but cold day. The sun convinced the bees that it was warm enough to attempt a cleansing flight. Once outside, some of the bees landed on the snow, chilled and couldn’t fly back to the hive.
When I read this, I remembered a couple of recent posts on a beekeeping blog that I follow – here and here. While she doesn’t specifically describe your situation, I can see how what she’s describing could lead to your situation. And her comments fit the response I got in the beekeepers forum.
Where are you located?
S/E Pennsylvania is where I live Mike
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