Well it's been so nice here lately with an early spring, so I checked out my hives. What a let down. 9 out of 13 had died.
A couple had a massive, I repeat massive amount of dead bees on the bb. The others were just empty. The bees were gone! There was no starvation. Plenty of honey in all hives. Was this CCD? It's terrible! The 4 hives that did survive appear in good shape. I took a peak under the inner cover and they have good numbers.
I use sbb and there were no puddles anywhere. The hives were dry. One of the guys in my area thinks it was varoa. I did not treat last fall. In fact I have never treated. I hate chemicals. I wanted to go "natural". But if this is the price of going "natural" then I think I'll start treating.
Has anybody else experienced a lot die off?