Survey Spring 2014
New York Bee Wellness
207 non-migratory beekeepers reporting
2281 Sum of colonies in November 2013
1235 Sum of colonies in April 2014 (loss of 1046)
11 Average # of honey bee colonies per beekeeper (range 1-170 colonies):
10.98 average # of colonies in November
5.93 average # of colonies in April
46% average loss
Cold (42%) and starvation (29%) top 2 reported causes of colony death.
Alphabetical List of NY State Counties; 50 (~80%) reported
Some respondent comments:
-”Honey/ pollen flows were poor in late summer/ early fall of 2013 so bees went into winter light. That would have been O.K. in normal winter. Winter of 2013/14 was coldest ever observed so stores were exhausted. “
-“ saved honey from the fall and started feeding them in Feb. since it was such a bad winter. They would have died if I had not given them sugar cakes and the extra honey. “
-“100% of colonies in a styrofoam hives survived. The only losses I had were in wooden hives “
-”I am a newbie. This is my 2nd yr. I am happy to say my 2 hives appear alive and thriving. Other than that, I don’t have too much info to offer. “
-”Installed 2 new 3 lb. packages on March 31, 2014. I intend to use pulled comb & honey stores from dead outs to aid new packages. “
Bears were reported in almost all counties with the exception of the NYC metro area/Long Island and the south and southeast shore of Lake Ontario (Niagara, Wayne, Oswego counties).
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Results of the 2013-2014 Beeinformed Survey (link)