I am a first year noob with one hive (had 2-already lost 1 in the late fall). I did my first spring hive inspection today - and things appear pretty dire. We have had a couple warm days, but it has been snapping back to cold pretty quickly - a bit unusual for us here.
This will be a little long but I am adding detail hoping it helps.
The hive is two deeps and was packed with bees in the fall. When I opened it today all the bees were in the upper frames. There was a lot of traffic going in and out of the hive, but almost none of the bees were on the lower frames.
The upper frames had a lot of activity on them, but were not what I was hoping to see:
1: there is no honey left over.
2: hardly any pollen at all
3: found the queen alive and presumably well
4: no brood, capped or otherwise
5: a good bit of hive beetle activity
6: lots of pollen coming in
So my assumptions/actions are:
1: the hive is starving. Last week was too cold to inspect,but the hive felt light, so I put the top feeder on (trying to be very quick because of the cold). I also had honey-b-healthy in the syrup. I was surprised that the bees did not seem to touch it. I threw out last week's syrup and put fresh syrup in the feeder today
2: as the hive continues to weaken the beetles will become a larger issue. I added new beetle traps. I removed the bottom deep in the hope that the bees would have less need to defend that area.
Not sure what else I can do...any advice is appreciated. I guess I figure with no food or brood, this hive is on its way out...