I went out about 2weeks ago to check on the hives. We had a +40 degree day. I had fed the bees sugar about a week before that, and all 3 hives looked fine. All had honey, all seemed to have a lot of bees.
Now, the one hive I had thought to have the best chance for survival was dead. A pile of dead bees covered the sugar I had fed them earlier. Half a pattie still sat on the frames as well. I was really disappointed. Late in the afternoon and upset, I just closed the hive back up. The other two hives looked great. Each had eaten some of the sugar I had fed earlier. I added to this and closed them up.
The next day I went out to the hives again. It was still above 40 degrees, so I thought I'd take a better look at the dead hive to try to find out what happened.
The first thing I noticed was the size of the cluster. It covered several frames, plus several hundred dead bees on top of the sugar. Not a h…