Re: First Winter Deadout! (plus photos)
Don't think I've ever seen a "locked down" cluster.
Will admit though that I haven't experienced winters as cold as some of you guys.
However, to the case in hand, have another look at the pics. You will see the cluster, with bees clinging to the top bar, and on top of the top bar. There is also bridging comb on the top bar that would have been connected to the frame above, with the odd bee on that. The evidence would be that the bees were connected to the top comb, I think the problem is not a gap they couldn't cross, they already crossed it.
Last edited by Oldtimer; 12-13-2012 at 03:57 AM.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).