I have recently started rearing my own queens using a cell starter/finisher method. The first couple of times I did it, I noticed that there were a 100-200 bees dead at the bottom. It was colder than normal on the nights that the bees were in the starter hive, so I thought that might be why. This last time, there were even more dead! Around 300 or so. Is this normal or am I missing something? I always add at least 2 good honey/pollen frames and a sponge with water. Could there be a chemical in the sponge I'm using??

Thanks,

Paige Nester
Creek House Honey Farm
Canyon, TX