I finally opened up the brood box for the first time in a while… and was so sad to see that I had lost my queen. I’m assuming it’s probably too late to re-queen a hive now (Northern CA), and there’s no brood, some workers left, and the remaining workers have crammed the empty brood nest full of honey and pollen stores. There looked to be a partially formed emergency succession cell, but that was all my bees could do apparently.
So, it looks like I’ll have to start over next spring. My big question is, should I stick these frames of pollen and honey in the freezer to supplement my new colony with next spring? I don’t know what killed the hive, but besides a few dead bees unemerged in cells, there was no evidence to figure out if there’s a particular disease to worry about. Should I start from scratch or save the frames?
And is there anyone in the Redding, CA area who I might be able to get a split from in the spring, or am I just stuck buying a new nuc?