Lost hives to storm damage
I have to wonder sometimes if the Good Lord is trying to tell me something.
We had some really severe weather tonight. It got bad here. I don’t know if it was straight line winds or a tornado but there was 2 separate “events” about 3 minutes apart. Thankfully nobody was seriously hurt. One of our neighbors lost her mobile home and got a gash on her head but she was treated and released. We lost one barn, completely gone, and a portion of another one. Got trees down all over the place but no house damage other than probably needing a new roof. When that 2nd wind/nado came over the house I thought the windows were going to blow out. It was hailing so hard that it sounded like a crew of roofers were on the roof nailing down shingles. I know for sure that 10 of my 5 over 5 overwintered nucs are toast. They blew off their stands and are scattered across the pasture behind my house. That’s all I could tell with my flashlight. I tried to go check on the hives down at the barn but there was so much tin and brown lumber full of nails that I decided to wait until daylight to check them. Good thing is, everything lost is “material” and can be replaced. Bad thing is, every one of those overwintered nucs were sold. I get to call 6 people in the morning to tell them that they may not get their bees in a couple weeks as planned. I am NOT looking forward to calling those folks and I am not looking for are to dealing with those pissed off bees in the morning
The more I learn about bees, the less I know.