Chilled Brood - Weak Hive - a plan ??
I just checked one of my hives this afternoon. It's basically a 10-deep box with only about 2 frames of bees working the tops of 3 frames. Some of the brood was dead -- mostly on the outer edges, gray and not hard. Seems similar to what I read are the descriptions for sac brood except the larvae are NOT "easily removed intact" which according to Penn State's "Honey Bee - Parasites, Pests, Predators, and Diseases" is a condition of Sacbrood. So I'm thinking it's chilled brood -- which fits with the few adult bees.
The Queen is / has been laying and she's a last summer's queen. I think she's fine.
Since I eventually want to get the hive changed over to a 8-Medium, small cell foundation configuration, I'm considering shaking the bees into an 8-Medium box this week end and letting them start over. I could easily wire in some pollen & honey (or put in a couple of suitable shallow frames) to help in addition to a feed pail. It would speed up the change over and give them a smaller box.
What thinks you??
Thanks for your inputs.
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