The black stand in the pic is where it normally sit. The pad to the left is extra. The reason it fell is I bought scales for my hives last summer but they fit a 10 frame box and mine are 8 frame boxes and stands. I bought replacement cross bars to convert them to the correct width for the scales but never converted this hive. As you can see the hive to the right sits down in like it is suppose to. The hive that fell was sitting on too of the stand. i think the wind shifted it enough to fall down in the stand. I have since replaced with the wider cross posts and it now sits like the one on the right.
The cluster was in the bottom box which is the one in the stand sitting sideways. It was still glued to the bottom board which probably helped with cutting the draft down even though the top was wide open. If you look closely you can see the cluster. They weren’t moving much when I first saw them but as I put it back together they definitely came alive. I added some sugar and they seem glad to have access to the upper brood box since the is still good stores in it. They did seem hungry for sugar.
I left the feeder on all winter even though it is empty because the cluster was clinging to the bottom often when I would inspect them. It also provided a little space to keep some sugar underneath it. So it was bottom board, brood box, brood box, then empty feeder. The top brood box has some weight to it with stores. Not sure how much stores are left in the bottom brood box.
The big issue was having the scale and board across the top of the stand instead of inside the stand where the ledge is. 45 mph wind slid it too far.
This is not in a fenced area. It is along my pasture but not in it. Quite sure the wind did this.
So far I am 5 for 5 for hives surving this winter. I thought I had lost one when I saw this but the hive lives!