The Sensible Fitness beehives are down to one. Mid-summer, I lost a queen in two hives and am not sure why. This led to the loss of both hives, since it is too late in the year to introduce a new queen and get the populations back up for winter.
While I have not ruled out being a bad beekeeper, my mentor who has tremendous experience says no, it is just a part of beekeeping. The remaining hive has been treated again for mites and appears healthy and strong. It has plenty of honey to survive the winter, which is a primary concern.
In a month, I will need to prepare the hive for the colder temperatures of winter. I will be sharing those chores with you in the next newsletter!