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Had a hive croak, with honey still in there and no evidence signs of disease. Not sure what happened. This hive was somewhat weak going into winter. Maybe they got stranded from their stores. Maybe condensation. Maybe t-mites. Not any signs of varroa or Nosema being the problem. We have had a very cold wet winter.

Anyway, this hive consists of a nearly empty shallow, a nearly full shallow and a deep that has a couple of frames of honey left and some pollen.

I figure that a swarm/split put into what's left early in the year could conceivably even make a little honey, but don't want to mess this up.

How should I store this comb and the boxes? Are wax moths and beetles a problem since it is still so cold? If so, what can I do to protect the combs from moths and beetles that won't contaminate the honey?

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Neil
 

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If it were me I would just leave it as is and make a split or otherwise start another colony in it when it was warm enough. just close up the entrance to keep pests out.
or if you have a nother hive thats light on stores, you can feed it them.
 

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would deep freeze all them fraims first if you can. put em on top another hive.
make sure you strap em down after you freeze em an bee will guard em
till you ready.
 

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I'll bet if you install a split into that equipment early enough this spring, you'd get more than a little honey from that colony by season's end! Go for it!:applause:
 
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