The difference between colony “death” and “loss”.

In a recent livestream on my YouTube channel I discussed why I don’t call the death of a colony a “loss” in my operation. Skip to the 3:45 mark to get to the good part. I’d love to hear your feedback as always.

Author: brucelovesbees

I keep honey bees in Reading, Bernville, and Fleetwood, PA without treatments. I love to garden and observe Wasps, Bumble bees, and ants. I also raise mealworms for my Eastern Spotted turtle and myself.

2 thoughts on “The difference between colony “death” and “loss”.”

  1. Really interesting – I agree that ‘death’ and ‘loss’ are difficult words in beekeeping as if you’re giving them all the same chance (in my case, they have to survive on what the environment provides combined with their own resilience) and some make it and some don’t, that’s just nature. As you say, if you’re relying on selection then it’s no different to any other natural situation. Great post, thank you.

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to watch. I must have been asked about my “loss rate” 100 times since recording this video. I’m happy to say I have some dead colonies, but no loss.


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