I had to move my hive to another home, a few days ago in the evening, covered the entrance with some mesh to allow airflow whilst keeping the bees inside, I live on Central Coast, NSW, Australia. The intention the next day was (as it was cooler 20 deg) to put some leaves over the entrance etc. to encourage re-orientation. However, when I went to do this the front mesh was bulging out…long story short I have killed my hive, I have 10 frames of brood & honey & had recently put the super on, it was going so well.
I believe that the heat generated within the hive was so high that the colony has died. I inspected it & was confronted with nothing short of a horrific sight, thousands upon thousands of dead bees.
My devastation at this sad sight cannot be put into words, I feel so bad for the poor bees.
There seems to be no activity within the hive when listening now
I don’t know what to do know?
Is it too late to start again this year?
What do I do with the frames in the hive? 6 are foundation framed 4 not, they have collapsed so I removed the comb. But are populated with brood etc.
Massive thanks in advance for any help