Hi. I started my first hive in May and discovered last week that it had died. A couple of weeks ago, I checked on it by putting my ear to the hive and they were buzzing quite happily. But when I checked it last week, it was dead silent.
I live in mid-Missouri and our winter has been mild so far. The temps have never reached the single digits, even at night. However, it does get quite windy at our place. At first I wondered if I had too much ventilation and maybe they froze, but Iím not sure, so I hope you can help me diagnose the problem.
I opened the hive today and took several photos. There was honey and an uneaten pad of bee food, so Iím confident they didnít starve. I did find two large moths in the hive and am wondering if they were the culprits. My photos can be found on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2467882...7628516372263/ Any feedback you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Iím also wondering if itís ok to harvest the honey that was left in the hive? Some of the frames were nasty looking, but others were golden and capped. Is there a good way to harvest the honey without using an extractor? I donít have the equipment to do that.
Thanks for your help!