Posted this at Beemaster, too, as it feels like a somewhat desperate situation at this point. This hive came out of winter with lots of bees - when I first opened it in late February, there was a mass of bees the size of half a soccer ball hanging from the inner cover. The next time I went in - a week or so ago - there were few bees, a queen, very little brood, and loads of stores. Today I went in and no different - very little brood, very few bees. I cleaned out the bottom, but there were fewer than 10 dead bees there - no sign of sickness. First question is "What happened?", second question is, "How can I save the hive?" I gave them a bucket of syrup and they didn't touch a drop. Between the upper and (beeless) lower deep there is an abundance of honey and pollen. I took off the lower deep after moving some full frames upstairs to replace some empties. At this point I am thinking that the queen is not laying because there aren't enough bees to tend the brood and keep it warm. I am thinking that I should move them into a nuc box and relocate them to my home (this hive is 30 miles away at my school) so that I can watch them and maybe give them a frame of brood from another hive. How does this idea sound? Any other suggestions? I guess that there is likely no good answer to the first question, but if anyone has any insight, I'd appreciate it!