Ignoring frames full of honey?
Strange behavior it seems to me, but hopefully somebody with more experience can help answer this one... I had one dead-out this year, and looking through the hive, there was a ton of new brood and bees all over the hive, not well clustered. I presume that the weird warm weather we had for a bit earlier tricked the hive to wake up early, and they became productive too soon, right before another cold snap. Too much brood + too few bees to keep them all warm = death?
Besides the point though, I have probably 8 frames full of honey, bee bread, pollen, etc, so I stacked them all up openly near my other hives, and figured they'd all get robbed out nearly instantly like usual. But, after a few days, only a few bees here and there seem interested, and they are pulling in a ton of pollen from foraging. Perhaps they are just more interested in pollen due to the protein content, so they can raise more brood? Seems strange to ignore such a huge cache of food literally 20 feet in front of the door... Is this unusual?
USDA 6a, 8 frame equipment