Saddest thing I saw recently

It was nice and warm today so I had a mind to see how the ladies were faring the winter.

I had some doubts about one of the Nucs going into the winter, they hadn’t put away nearly as much groceries or drawn comb on many of the frames. The only bee in the whole hive was the queen, and she was very much dead.

The real surprise was one of my 10 frame hives. The bottom was covered with dead bees. From what I saw, the hive had a lot of condensation . There was mold in some of the wood.

This hive had a solid bottom board with no provision for ventilation from the bottom. So basically the hive died from the bees getting rained on inside the hive in the middle of winter.

My other 3 hives are very strong with lots of groceries and bees. I split the 2 un needed pollen patties between them.

So all we have to do is make it another 5 weeks or so.

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