Re: Just checked on Top Bar Hive...and the hive is DEAD!!! HELP???!!!
Your bees starved. Do you realize that they would need between 70-120 lbs to survive a Northeast winter? I am wondering how many bars have drawn comb? Did you feed to help them draw the comb when you hived them? If not, then much of what could have been used for stores was utilized to build comb. This years wet and cool temps (at least in our area) produced huge flower crops but little in the way of nectar. You need to really start looking at your honey stores the second week in Aug. If they are not heavy at that time you need to get feed on them and keep it on them until they won't take it any more. The bright side is that you can clean out the hive and plan for spring next year. Hopefully you will learn some good things on this sight and your bees will do better next year.
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