2015 Survey Q & A – Hive Survival by its Origination

Q- One of the hives I had going into fall I did not expect to make it. It was a late structural – a way to account for this would be good.

A – Thank you for filling our a survey. Appreciate the input. You had comment regarding why your late colony start from a cut out survived. Just as we often can’t diagnose reason for a colony loss we may not be able to explain why another survives against what are surely great odds of it not having much chance to survive. It was a mild winter and that helped – our loss rate right now is running about 50% lower than last winter (i.e. double the survival rate of last winter). It was lucky I guess. Other than that I really don’t know. Sorry I can’t offer a better guess.

In our survey this year we do have a section on origination of colonies that are overwintered. You would be able to indicate it there and to record the survival

One response to “2015 Survey Q & A – Hive Survival by its Origination

  1. Thank you for emailing a comment back to us! I will post and answer for you but in the future simply leave a comment and it will be tended to quicker. You wrote “Maybe for new colonies, you could add a month put in box?”

    While this is a great idea I believe the survey it already too tedious for some and comments like these can simply go in the final comment box for us to note AS WELL AS making sure to denote your hives origination and survival accordingly in the section mentioned above by Dewey. This years loss rates when comparing overwintering-packages-nucs-swarms-and cutouts has created an interesting graph, be sure to watch for it and its interpretation coming soon!

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