Several weeks ago I posted some pictures of my TBH showing lots of honey and eggs but no brood.
I finally got a chance to check on them again today and the hive is dead/dying. No honey to be found and scattered capped cells (I did find an earwig =) Some dead bees on the hive floor due to lack of housekeeping.....and maybe only a few dozen living bees in the hive. I'm assuming what I saw previously was either a laying worker or the queen just didn't make it. Any ideas?
The good news is the hive directly next to it is booming with 9 drawn comb and is chocked full of capped brood (but not much honey...hived swarm the last day of July.) I'm guessing I'll need to feed it since its so late in the season but they look strong in number. Perhaps they robbed the dying hive of their honey?
What should I do with the dying hive? I didn't combine any of them with the good hive in the event they are diseased some how. Should I just let them run their course and discard the comb or should it be kept?