Going Though a Dead-out Hive

Bethany’s hive, Lakti, went into winter with a failing queen. We had tried multiple times to help the bees queen right themselves, but they eventually ran out of time. Unfortunately because they did not have a good queen, they died over winter. We went through the dead-out in early April.

After we Lakti died, we were down to four hives.

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There were quite a few dead bees on the bottom board.

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Here is Bethany pulling out the first frame with the help of Olivia.

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They had plenty of pollen in the hive. This frame is full of pollen.

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They also had quite a bit of nectar.

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We new they did not die because of a lack of food because they had plenty of honey and they had dry sugar on top of the second deep.

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The bees actually froze to death. The bee on this frame is dead.

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More honey and nectar is on this frame.

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Lakti had two queen cups from before winter.

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Here is the frozen cluster. It was incredibly small which is a sign of queen failure.

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A closer up look at the cluster. The white is moldy bees. We removed the cluster from the hive so the next bees would not have as much clean up work.

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More honey and frozen bees are on this frame.

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We will reuse these boxes after we split a hive.

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Losing a hive is always hard, but often there is nothing you can do about it.

Abigail

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