Sorry to hear and see that. I feel bad for you more than the bees. What do you suppose happened there?Not a good day today. I checked my hives to find everything knocked over. 4 hives all dead, all strewn around. Not a live bee to be found. I feel bad for the girls.
Now what to do with the hives.
Kale is sold out of NUCs for the year. However I will be passing thru to deliver and could make a stop at the Auburn exit if need bee. Let me know.Sorry for your loss.
According to his web page, Joel Klose still has nucs available for mid May delivery in Erin/Breesport area. (http://www.natureswayfarm.com/nucs.htm)
I haven't bought his bees before, but have heard good things.
I have bought nucs from Kale Luce in the past and they were excellent...he's way out the other side of Salamanca in Cattaragus, though. PM ofr contact info if interested.
I'd just set the boxes back up, let them thaw/dry and wrap them in trash bags or saran rap to keep wax moth out til you can reesock them
I put a ratchet strap around mine ot keep them together and i keep them out of the wind.
I also have a 3 joule elec fence to keep bears out.
If you haven't had a bear visit and you're not right in town, you will.
Don't wait to put that fence upand lose hives like I did.
above is one of the requirementsReminder to all NYS beekeepers. It is legal in the state of NY for ANY beekeeper to kill bears any time of the year that threaten their hives. The only requirement is the beekeeper must turn the bear over to NYS DEC.
I think that it could be. I've had bears pull out frames from boxes that they knocked over and walk them back into the woods to lick the frames clean. Even most of the frames were still usable with new foundation. There were only a few small tooth marks on the frames.This isn't bear damage.
I does look more like a wind topple, miscreants, or a bump by a large animal more than a bear...