Some Back Ground- This Observation hive was a single brood frame and an empty drawn deep and one shallow wax foundation, 3 frames total.
It has been weak all along but if there was an empty cell this Queen laid an egg in it.
It seamed like it was being robed all summer because there were always dead bees around the entrance.
At times both deep frames were full of brood and covered with bees, but the bees never touched the shallow frame other than to cluster on it at night.
In the fall they had all most filled both deep frames with winter stores with a small area on the bottom frame with some brood.
The hive is in our Sun Porch.
We put a heat pad under the hive and covered it with some heavy towels to help retain the heat as it is unheated in the winter.
My son was out in our sun porch today and looked at the Observation hive and asked were all the bees went?
The last I looked at it was about two weeks ago and there were still several hundred in it.
Well I brought the hive in the house and there is only 2 bee's in it.
The Queen and 1 worker?
Only about 4 dead bees on the bottom of the hive and nun out side, both frames are still mostly full of stores?
It's like they just up and left her.
I am thinking of just leaving them in the living room and see what happens?
Up date - My wife called me away from finishing this post and there are now 7 workers and the Queen.
We are going to leave them in the house and see what happens?