So, unfortunately, my only hive didn’t survive the winter. I became aware of this fact sometime in January but didn’t get around to opening the hive and checking out why until yesterday.
One observation I made was that possibly a mouse managed to enter the hive and the colony was not strong enough to defend itself against the mouse. See the following four images (it appears I’m only allowed to post a single image as a new user, I’ll try and add others as replies to this post):
It appears that the mouse chewed his way in through the entrance reducer and started eating some of the comb and honey. From the look of it, he only made his way into the brood box and not the super. Does anyone agree with this assumption?
I’d appreciate any thoughts / comments to a fairly new beekeeper.