Wednesday, April 22, 2009

sad day...


Blogger Darx said...

Oh, no, that's not a beehive is it? I am so sorry to hear about something getting destroyed. Big hugs.

April 22, 2009 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger anna j said...

Did a bear do this? Sad day indeed :(

April 22, 2009 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Jenna, that's terrible. Do you know when it happened? I hope some beekeepers will help you out!

April 22, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Oh, No! I am so sorry.

April 22, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

OH NO!! I am a lazy lurker who never comments (but always reads!) and had to come out of hiding to tell you how sorry I am. Maybe something can be salvaged?

April 22, 2009 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Mare said...

Oh no...i'm so sorry jenna....

April 22, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Paula J. Norcott said...

YIKES! A Bear I am guessing. We are about to get started building top bar hives next week. Is this what we have to look forward to? Have you seen many bear by you?

April 22, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Jessica Wynne said...

I'm sorry to see this! :(

April 22, 2009 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Debbie H. said...

Jenna, I just finished reading your book. This is the second time you've had hives destroyed, isn't it? I'm so sorry!!

April 22, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Chicken Mama said...

Uh-oh. Looks like the bears are out (of hibernation) in Vermont. I'm so sorry! :(

That's exactly why we, here at Swamp River Ridge, have been looking at a nearly-finished chain-link fence enclosure where the bees will eventually go . . . instead of actually enjoying the bees & their honey. Up here anyway, we can't have one without the other!

April 22, 2009 at 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Tony in Asheville said...

Oh no!

Jenna I am so sorry to see that picture and I know you are no doubt very upset.

I know it is not easy but as you have proven, we can rebuild. Hang in there, head up girl.

April 22, 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger kikejoka said...

So Sorry . . . .

April 22, 2009 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry.

Its the uncute, flip side of animal husbandry - death, and being responsible for our animals in all situations. Setting things up so that they will go as well as we can expect, preparing for when things go wrong. And then dealing with things when they go really wrong...

I don't know if a chain link fence would be enough to deter bears. Maybe together with electric fence. I would talk to neighbor beekeepers.
And game warden. What predators do you have? Even unusual ones need to be taken into consideration.

April 22, 2009 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Sad, and risky.

I spend most of my time now in Vermont, about a half hour drive north of Jenna. I am a good listener (come from a musical family). One day as I was waking up on the futon under the front window of my cabin, I turned over. I then heard another being (human or animal) turn over -- while my dog slept still beside me. Hmmm, I said to myself, must be an animal outside.

Half an hour later, as I took my dog out to pee, I opened the door and heard an immediate loud growl.

I looked out the window and saw four bears (a mom and three cubs) in front, where they had spent the night.

Later I found their den -- likely abandoned, over a ridge on my property.

That same day trucks from the nearby farms and ranches drove by, looking for the bears.

I haven't seen them since, but it's why I decided my blueberry bushes will be planted in the city.

Vermont life.


April 22, 2009 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

As soon as I saw the photo I got a sick feeling in my stomach. I can only imagine your own disappointment. So sorry, Jenna!

Thanks for sharing even your loss. I am attending my first Bee Keeping class this Saturday and I now have some additional knowledge of what can happen and what I need to be prepared for. I told my husband a few days ago when a bobcat got my best layer, "This is the kind of thing that makes country folks as tough as they are."

April 22, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger kate said...

P.S. When I was listening to public radio (WAMC) on a drive to NY this morning, I heard two people being interviewed for Earth Day. They mentioned they have a blog about their efforts to have a homestead in Los Angeles, and they always post about their "disasters", which always receive a good response. Thanks for posting this, Jenna.

April 22, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger spinyurchin said...

My condolences Jenna.

April 22, 2009 at 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry!

April 22, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Robyn - Chique*Life said...

Oh no! Big disappointment for sure. I felt sick when I saw the picture, but must still be too much of a city girl -- I immediately thought of human destruction!

Can you set up again? I hope so!

April 22, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Bears and Bears and Bears oh, my.

So Sorry.

April 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AGAIN???!!! Oh no!

April 22, 2009 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

thanks for all the kind words. The hive is gone, and I'm okay. I'm not devastated, it's just really sad to know another year of work is lost on bees... maybe next year will be better?

April 22, 2009 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger anotherkindofdrew said...

I am sorry about the frustration of this loss. I know you probably aren't devastated but I am sure it is how I felt when my chicken coop was first raided by coyotes and I lost my first laying hen. My thoughts are with you.

April 22, 2009 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Miss M.J. Ma'am said...

Sorry, hang in there and start making plans for next year.

April 22, 2009 at 1:33 PM  
Anonymous AmyKortuem said...

Glad to hear you're ok. You're a tough farm chick, you. But that doesn't make the loss any easier. Nature sometimes really, really, really sucks. Bad.

April 22, 2009 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

oh no....not again!

April 22, 2009 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Fantastic Homeschool Family said...

Oh dear! How sad :( Darn bear country!

April 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Kim J. said...

oh, that is so sad!! I am sorry for your little bees!

April 22, 2009 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Very sad, Jenna.

Is any of the comb intact for your next colony to use? If there is significant comb and/or honey left, a new colony would have a good head start compared to starting with nothing, so all may not be lost. It's not too late to find another package of bees this season, either. You'd just have to worry about defenses.

I'm about to start two hives in my suburban backyard. I became interested in bees after reading your book and wanting to eat more honey and less cane sugar.

I enjoyed the file name on the picture, too.

April 22, 2009 at 3:43 PM  
Anonymous CitySteader said...

An expensive bad day at that!

April 22, 2009 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Kelly B said...

Moose ? Bear? or juevenille delinqent?

April 22, 2009 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Rhonda Jean said...

I'm sorry that happened. A year's work is a big loss.

April 22, 2009 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Chelli said...

Not AGAIN!! I'm so sorry!

April 22, 2009 at 3:58 PM  
Anonymous wildallium said...

A] High on the mountain, tell me what you see
Bear tracks, bear tracks [D] lookin' back at [A] me
Better get your rifle boys, 'fore it's too late
'Cause a bear's got a little pig and [D] headed thru the [A] gate.

He's [E] big around the middle and he's [A] broad across the rump
Runnin' [E] ninety miles an hour takin' [A] thirty feet a jump
Ain't never been caught, he ain't never been tree'd
Some folks say he looks a [D] lot like [A] me.

I saved up my mon' and I bought me some bees
And they started makin' honey way up in the trees
Cut down the tree but my honey's all gone
Ole Slew-Foot's done made himself at home.


Winter's comin' on and it's twenty below
And the river's froze over so where can he go
We'll chase him up the gulley then we'll run him in the well
We'll shoot him in the bottom just to listen to him yell.

April 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Carol G said...


April 22, 2009 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger SouthFella said...

Okay guys.. time to go bear hunting... Get out your rusty double shotguns and medical insurance and let's go find those robbing bears !!!

Jenna salvage what you can and keep up the good work.

Look at the wood for any bear claws and make sure it was bears..

April 22, 2009 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger mykki said...

That's not cool...

April 22, 2009 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Sojourner Design said...


Maybe for the Graduate the word was Plastics. For you, the word is... Electricity.


April 22, 2009 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Dahlia ChanTang said...

oh.. so sorry about your bees.

April 22, 2009 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I BOUGHT YOUR BOOK!! I read your article in Mother Earth News and ran out and got it today.. you are so inspirational.. I totally went out and bought (well ordered) a compost bin and one for the backyard today too.. Happy Earth Day.. too bad ur bees didn't have as happy a day as me.. =(

April 22, 2009 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Artful Gathering said...

I am sorry for your loss. Dawn Dutton

April 22, 2009 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger C said...

next year = electric fence?

April 22, 2009 at 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am so sorry about your bees.

April 22, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger shinyhappyrn said...

So sorry to see this. I live out my homesteading dreams vicariously through your adventures at Cold Antler and I am so saddened by this loss. Hang in there girl - other great things are still in store for a wonderful person like you.

April 23, 2009 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Oh, my. That's devastating.

I'm so sorry.

April 23, 2009 at 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenna, sorry about your bee hive. Guaranteed, the bear will be back... A chain link fence is not much of a deterrent either, a highly charged electric fence initially smeared with peanut butter (so the bear will be enticed to contact the fence and get a jolt!) may work.

jfs in PA.

April 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Chattman Photography said...

what jerk! (the bear)
i hope he got stung a bunch.

April 23, 2009 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I have just finished reading your book and I really enjoyed it. I am so sorry you had to suffer another tragedy with your bees. It was heartbreaking to hear the problems you had with the bees in the book and I can't believe you have had to deal with more problems. I am so sorry.

April 27, 2009 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Wren said...

Ack!! Oh, this makes me so sad! Sorry for the hive losses. I've seen people strap their hives (through the cement blocks and back over the top) so the bears can tip them, but not rip them open. Kinda like hive-weeble-wobbles!

May 1, 2009 at 3:09 PM  

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