We’ve all seen bee packages that include plenty of dead bees. When we receive our packages, the first thing we check is the depth of the dead layer. Then we wonder: Is that normal? Is it too many? Should I ask for a refund? It’s tough to know, especially when you’re new.
I’ve seen packages with nearly zero dead. Yay! And I’ve seen packages where every last bee is dead. Refund time. But most are somewhere in the middle where acceptable and unacceptable are much harder to define.
A photographic example of a dead bees in a package
A beekeeper in the eastern part of the country sent me the following photo of a bee package that arrived after a five-day transit. He wondered if I would accept a package in this condition. I wrote my opinion, but then I decided it would be instructive to know how other beekeepers would react to receiving this package.
So please write and tell me, in your opinion, whether this package contains too many dead bees. Is it acceptable or unacceptable? You can elaborate if you want, but you don’t have to. You can include the amount of experience you have, but it is not necessary. I’m most interested in your gut reaction.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I will post my opinion and how I arrived at it later, but I’m hoping to get at least 25 other opinions first.