Today I inspected my hive and noticed a very large number of dead bees in the bottom of the hive (I would guess around half to 2/3 of the entire hive). What happened? Can the hive be saved? What do I need to do?
I installed a 3lbs package 3 weeks ago in my TBH. Last week we had a late spring snowstorm (Denver Metro Area, Colorado). Two days ago, the first day after the storm, I noticed a large number of dead and dying bees in front of the hive (I would guess around 100 but it was difficult to tell). After that their activity seemed to return to normal and today was the first day I had time to inspect the hive.
Prior to this the hive seemed to be doing well. They drew out several foundation-less frames. The queen was and still is present. There are tons of capped brood (I even noticed some starting to emerge today).
I have been feeding them syrup since I installed them and today the feeder was empty. I also gave them a brood patty when i installed them, which is mostly still there.
I am a first time bee keeper and this is my only hive.
Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks.
The hive exterior
Hive interior showing dead bees and sparsely populated comb (Note, when the package was first installed they managed to carry off all the dead within the first week. All these dead bees showed up within the last week after my last inspection)
Comb with brood