First time beekeeper and i have done something wrong and not sure what to do next.
Picked up my first nuc for my first hive today. The bees were all well when i left for the four hour drive back home... but when i got home nearly all the bees were dead. I noticed that they had crammed themselves into the vent holes (covered by mesh for the trip)and blocked the holes. I assume they died from lack of ventilation?
There are still a few alive (probably a hundred or so)including the queen. I moved the nuc frames with the live bees into the new hive.
Is there anything i can do to help in this situation?
Is it recoverable?
Or should i accept this as a loss and get another nuc?
And if i get aother nuc, how do i prevent this from happening again?
I appreciate any and all advice/insight.