Thursday, here in Indiana the Temperature was 77 degrees F. I just got back from a 2 week cruise, went out to see the girls, and they were doing great.
Several drones were hanging out too, thought wow their on borrowed time!
I have a top feeder, left them with a 2.1 mixture before I left on vacation, well it was dry, good for me, removed the feeder looked down to my deep all is good 9 frames full of honey and capped.
So I put a wrap around my single hive, waited till almost sunset to add my reducer for the bottom entrance.
When I started to move things around from the outside and add the entrance reducer, wow did they come out of the hive with a mission to get me!
So I waited till dark and then added the reducer. No problem, a few security guards came after me but it was sucessful.
A cold front came through Thursday night, lowered temps down to 38F, and the cooler temps are suppose to last at least a week, with the highs only going to the upper 40s, and the lows being in the 30s so I
thought it was a good time to reduce the entrance.
We have lots of mice too, so I thought it would keep them out too!
Inspected the outside this morning, and my, there were around 50 dead bees laying around the landing board, a yellow jacket and a bee were dead in the entrance.
Being a first year Beeker, thoughts of is this normal, the bees are old and just dying off, leaving room for the young winter bees, or do I have a problem inside,
I'm not about to open the hive being it's so cool out.
Can't wait to see why the carnage is taking place.