I have an eight-frame hive with 4 medium boxes and a slotted bottom board. It's the result of combining two weak hives in late summer. (I'm in Chicago.) I checked recently and confirmed what I suspected: there are almost bees in the hive and those that are there are dead. When I combined the hives in late summer I killed one of the queens. Maybe I inadvertently left the hive queenless? I also didn't treat for mites. (A mistake, I see now.) Could that have been the problem? In any case, what do I do now with the frames that have honey and pollen in them? There are quite a few.