I am in shock. On Saturday (just 4 days ago) I was really happy as my bees were busy and there was lots of activity. In two days time I would have removed the Apiguard and fed them. There are still lots of flowers about and the weather has been pretty good, until the start of this week.
Today, I popped down after work to find Hive One was very quiet. I opened it up to find lots of dead bees and a few bees moving around very slowly. I pulled out a frame to find dead bees with their heads in the comb. I lifted off the brood box to find a pile of dead and dying bees. They had starved to death. There was nothing I could do as all the brood had died and the Queen was probably dead. Note: I did not harvest honey from this hive (I harvested from Hive Two).
This had been a healthy hive with a 2013 Queen. In my dreams it was going to produce 50lb of honey next year.
In my shock and state of denial (the first stage of bereavement) I have fed this hive. By tomorrow I will have accepted the inevitable, I’ll pour their syrup into the Hive Two feeder and clean up.
The videos and photos below say it all. So sad to see the remaining bees moving around slowly trying to do their chores.
I’ve now fed Hive Two (which seemed OK). Check your bees.