I had a beekeeper friend of mine ask me to check one of his three hives. This particular hive started as a package this spring and a month ago was booming. However, he checked it a few days ago and said that there were maybe a 1000 bees in the hive with no brood. I went and checked it yesterday and there were about 10. They were gone. Now, I do believe that he has foulbrood in this hive. I snapped some pictures... Would you guys agree? What does he do about it?
What strikes me as odd was that there was no honey-at all, only a small amount of pollen, and no brood. Even if the queen had died, wouldn't they still collect honey?
The other two hives are in the same location and are doing well - each with 3 supers on.
Thanks for your input!