Why does a package go bad?
Just wondering. I just got two packages from a guy who has a very good record. Picked them up the day they got in (after, I'm guessing, a couple days transit). They were right next to eachother, attached by the wood, and one was in good condition, only a few dead. The other had about an inch of dead bees on the bottom, and since I hived them two days ago have probably lost a total of a third to a half of their population. What went wrong with them? I got a quick look at the other packages in the shipment, and it seemed like this one was the only one with a pile of dead bees at the bottom.
Weird. I plan to give them some brood from another hive as soon as there's enough. Or combine them, if it comes to that.