A huge comb collapsed in the Texas heat in one of my TBHs since my last inspection about 10 days ago. The hive numbers are down, the bottom of the hive is covered in honey and dead bees, there are no guards, and the bees are listless. I tried to look for the queen, but it looks like some other combs are pulling away from the bars, and I don't want to make matters worse by pulling the bars apart. I suspect that the queen may have been killed in the comb collapse.
I saw no dead bees outside the hive entrance, and even my causing vibration and messing with the entrance did nothing to bring bees out. There was one guard, and she just walked back inside.
I have another TBH that is going strong. What do you think about my taking the weak hive and just combining it with the strong one? Unless, of course, you think it would be worth a try to go for another queen in the weak hive just in case?
My strong hive is now suddenly SO strong that I wonder if many of the other bees may have joined them? Does this happen much? The hives are about 50 yards apart.