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How many dead bees?

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Hi All

I am new to beekeeping last year and have a question regarding bee losses over winter. I live in Ontario, Canada and typically have a few weeks every year of minus 30 degrees and at least 4 months of sub zero temps.
I have searched everywhere but can't seem to find any info. on how many dead bees it's normal to find mid winter on the bottom boards. I removed the mouse guards yesterday and cleaned out about 3 to 4 cups of dead bees off the bottom boards of both hives. The hives are still alive as I can still hear loud humming from the centre. This number seemed excessive to me but I don't have any point of reference. Both hives were strong with lots of stores going into winter.
Thanks in advance for any help.

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