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This morning I found my obervation hive dead. All the bees where piled up on the bottom, the day before they where fine. We have not sprayed anything in the house or outside. No clue. It was a quick kill, like pesticide. Im lost on this one. The observation hive was 5 frames one on top of the other with entrance made up of 1 3/4 pipe. Does anyone know of a virus or disease that will kill that quick..... Mite count was very very low. Plenty of stored honey, good brood pattern, plenty of pollen. Any thoughts please share.....
 

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did they have ventalation to let out the CO2? was the outside hose open? sorry for your loss. ob hives (at least mine) are the hardest way to keep bees. good luck,mike
 

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yes hive has three 1 inch holes in the top and the tube was open, for a year and half they have been just fine. Its really strange, whatever happened it was quick.
 

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I think you know you did everything right and they have been healthy long enough. Save a sample of the dead girls in a paper bag and send them to one of the labs. It seems to be viral or poison. I would like to know what killed them.
 

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"This may seem like an obvious question, but is any of the wax distorted a little? Are the dead bees soft to the touch? "

Soft yes, wax normal. The bees not hatched and capped over all dead too. Im sure from heat loss when the others died. I did find the queen alive, she was covered over by 8-10 bees still alive but not moving very well. She appeared health. I cage her with a few workers from another hive and she is still alive and doinf fine. Really weird.............
 

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If the wax was distorted a little, I would have guessed overheated. I know even with four 1.5" holes in the top, if I place mine in the wrong place they will fry.

But it doesn't sound like that's the case with yours.
 
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