Single hive - 10 frame deep aquired July 08 (batteled varroa for the last 2 months)
Bee numbers are way down
Top deep has 10 frames capped honey
Sugar shakes didnt knock the numbers of mites down enough (my opinion)
Pulled bottom board (sticky) today...........LOTS of mites....100+ in about 72 hours.
Knocked on the hive body..... NO sound from inside.........no bees in the air..(but then it was cold, rainy, and windy so no suprise).......no bees in the upper deep full of honey
20+ dead bees on the front porch (not drones)
Should i take the honey, and call it a season.........start fresh in spring with better bees and better knowledge?
Leave the hive alone, and see what happens in the spring........and lose the honey?
PS. Taking an online beekeeping course over this winter, to insure this wont happen again. Sorry bees!!!!!