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First year beekeeper with dead hive / colony collapse: what to do with leftover contents?

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First year beekeeper with dead hive / colony collapse: what to do with leftover contents?


I have two hives, and sadly it seems like one has completely died off. The bees came from packages in April and were doing well up until June where the decision to place honey supers seemed appropriate. (My set up includes: one brood box, one super for the bees, a queen escape, and a honey super). In the troubled hive the bees never migrated to the honey super (we thought maybe they were still filling the brood boxes). In hindsight we should have checked on this problem sooner.

Current situation: Live non-flying bees in the yard for one month, slight smell of rot for one week, and hive inspection revealed an almost completely empty hive with a few (~100) remaining bees and maybe 20-50 dead bees. We tried the ropy test for AFB and did not see anything compared to pictures online, and there wasn't any other signs of AFB (other than the smell maybe). Pictures of my hive were sent to my local mentor and he just thinks its a deadout since AFB is very uncommon.

Questions that I have:

  1. There are some fully drawn out frames with capped honey in the super (this super was not present when treating for mites): What should I do with this? Should I give this to my other hive since I MAY be dealing with something contagious? Any other uses?

  2. If not, how do I dry the frames out to store? Should I invest in a deep freezer? Should I toss the frames?

Any help is appreciated! My mentors have not reached out to me all day and its a HOT summer afternoon and I have already placed an entrance reducer to reduce robbing but trying to prevent predation.

I'll try to add some pictures.


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