Nova Scotia 2012-2013 Overwintering Survey Based on the beekeepers responding to the 2012-2013 Overwintering Survey the results for Nova Scotia are as follows: Total number of colonies put into winter: 19,462 Total number of full size colonies into winter: 19,050 Total number of nucs put into winter: 412 Viable full size colonies alive in the spring of 2013: 15,823 Nucs alive in spring of 2013: 323 % loss of full size colonies: 16.9 % loss of nucs : 21.6 % loss of all colonies reported: 17.0 Notes: While only 50 % of the over 200 beekeepers responded to the overwintering survey the number of colonies represented by those who did report is approximately 96% of the provincial colonies. While the overall loss for the province was 17% the hobby beekeepers (fewer than 50 colonies) reported losses that averaged 39%. Commercial beekeepers reported losses at 16.34%. The most often cited reason for winter loss was that of weak colonies going into winter. This was followed by poor queens and starvation.