A guy gave me a large hive of bees. It was 3 deeps and 2 mediums and I know it issued many swarms before i took it away. There was a virgin queen and plenty of bees on rather old comb. I pretty much left it alone for most of the summer. The hive was pretty much a mess. Scattered food stores and scattered brood clusters.
So I inspected the hive recently and found :
1. an alarming amount of missing bees.
2. Very little food stores of pollen and honey.
3. very scattered capped brood cells with small holes. The brood dead some wet and snotty and some dry and chalky.
4.A large queen laying eggs
5 almost no open brood maybe 10.
I am hoping the hive swarmed with the old queen and took there food stores with them.
I think the dead brood with the holes in the caps is from hygienic behavior, when the varroa entered the few cells available to them killing the brood.
and that is why I see a new queen laying it up.
Corrections or other theories are appreciated thank you.