Down to Three Hives

Today I broke down and removed the two empty hives: Hives #1 and #2, my first hives I got in June of 2015. Very sad. Hive #1 was mobbed and the colony perished in August, while Hive #2 was mobbed in Sept, probably enabled by me when I was removing the honey supers for honey extraction. In January of this year I had 2 hives (hives 1 &2); in May I had 4 (hives 1, 2 and 3&4 from swarms); in June I had 6 (hives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6); in Aug I was back to 4 (hives 2, 3, 5 & 6); by October I am down to 3, having lost the two hives I had in January, plus one of the swarm hives I created in the spring (hives 3, 5 & 6).

 At least these three hives are going strong

At least these three hives are going strong