You have to remember the dead pile up in the cold spells and get hauled out when the weather breaks. A hundred at one break in the weather is not too much from a strong hive. Check the bottom board inside. Is it pretty free of bees or is it covered? If it's covered you have a problem.
I'll check again tomarrow MB but I the floor is clear.
I'll remove the reducer and double check further back..
This one hive seemed to be pretty strong going into cold weather..
I had a frame of honey out on the porch and bees covered it a couple of days ago, and it was only 47 degrees. The wax was hard, I pricked the cells with a toothpick and they cleaned it out pretty quick.
Then I brought the frame inside.
Some bees were getting to cold to fly. I found them and warmed them in my hands, they flapped the wings in I put them to the hive entrance and they made their way back to the warmth...
I don't like watched what they have to go through in the winter... ;(
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