Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey
I had an odd abscond last fall as well. If the bees are totally gone, AND you've been monitoring them so you know it's not just a CCD that deaded-out, they absconded which is different than CCD. Not to troll, but there are a lot of colony losses that are mis-attributed to CCD. Remember there are lots of old-fashioned ways a colony can die that are still the major threats!
If it were my colony, I'd re-use the honey and equipment. And our winter hasn't seemed very bad over on this side of the divide, just more drought and too-high temps. Another colony-killer , I'll take a cold winter anytime.
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