I got these girls in May 2016.
I just had the first nice day here in western Nebraska and went do so an inspections on my girls. I was worried as I didn’t see any flying around, but it was only 50F so I shined a light in to the hive and saw no movement. After pulling the lid I found them all dead. Many I saw had Vorroa Mites on them, and when I pull the bottom board out it was covered with more Vorroa mites then I could bring myself to count. Before I insulated them for Winter I had NO mites on the bottom board and I never saw any on the bee’s on my final inspection in 2017. I didn’t even see any deformed wings on any bees ether.
No signs of mold, moth, SHB, and or odor. I had to work yesterday so I wasn’t able to pull all the frames and do a full postmortem, but I will this coming weekend.
Anyways the hive is an obvious loss, but I have a couple questions:
Can I re-use any empty, but drawn frames for a new package to help give them a head start? I’d plan to ensure they are cleaned out and then toss them in the freezer for a few days. (luckily a nearby guy can get me a package of Carniolan at the end of April, just a couple hour drive)
Can I put any honey supers back in to give my new package access to some quick quality food or is that a risk and I should just take the honey for my own eating? I know based on a windowed body I have that there is at least 1 almost 100% full frame of honey.
Thanks in advance everyone!