Hi - I am a newbie with my bees for 5 week - in Hervey Bay, Qld). Hive appears to be strong with good bee activity and numbers.
This yesterday I noticed a number of dead bees that appeared white and partially decomposed at the entry to the hive. This morning there was 6 and some more on the ground. Originally I suspected chalk brood but it was pointed out to me that the bees were too well developed for this. On closer inspection it appears all the bees are drones?
After some advice:
What is occurring here? Are these natural deaths or are the workers removing 'surplus" drones?
Do I need to mange my hive differently to account for this?