A swarm moved into my trap a week ago.
I moved them into their new hive last Thursday morning.
Have tried to feed them - don't seem interested.
I noticed something strange in the actions of the few bees on the IC where I had the feeder sitting.
Some were upside down and couldn't turn over. Walking around like they were drugged/drunk.
Saturday they and the hive next to them tried to get robbed out.
So I noticed a lot of dead bees.
Not as many dead bees yesterday.
Today early afternoon I checked on them and saw wad of bees at the reduced entrance.
Had a 9" + handle screw driver with me so I stuck it inside to open up the gap - dead bees, reached in again and more dead bees - again and again - then I pulled the reducer blocks and started scooping across the bottom screen with the screw driver and unbelievable amount of dead bees are coming out - a few live bees too.
Some of the live bees are acting like the bees on the IC above the hive. Get upside down and can't turn over. Or they fly in a small circle close to the ground.
I spread a handful out on the top to inspect to see if I could see any problems. Nothing - wings normal - bodies seem normal.
I have no idea the size of the swarm - except they are a lot smaller now. The trap had medium frames in it and I added more wax to make the new foundation more to their liking. Last spring I purchased my first 2 hives. I have not read anything about anything like this.
Only clues - maybe - 1st feeder had sponge material in the dish. They didn't seem interested. Yes, sometimes they might not be I understand. 2nd try I substituted the sponge material for dead weeds/grasses in my back field (no pesticides here or neighbors).
I remembered I had added 2 drops of Rosemary oil to the qt of 1:1 syrup. Thought maybe that was the problem - so I dumped it and put in fresh 1:1 syrup.
I cracked the IC 1" to peek into the hive to see if bees on the frames. YES.
I cracked the upper and lower supers 1" to see if bees on the frames. Yes.
Trap had 6fr med. Installed in a hive with double medium boxes - to be closer to the size of the trap they had chosen to move into.
Does anyone have any idea what is maybe going on ??? Thank you.