Checking hives today and putting a shim under them to allow them to ventilate and found my pair of hives up in Corbett dead. All the others I checked seemed to be OK. I want to see if any lab would tell me if they have AFB or EFB or if the gear is OK. Since it is December I have time for the analysis to be complete, anybody know where I can send them? I will start a new thread as well.Minz,
I recommend you call your state bee inspector. They should be able to tell you if it is any of the diseases that you mention, for free.
Was the hive full of dead bees? Was there lots of brood cells left in the hive? Was there no honey in the hives and no sign of the cappings being ripped out (the bees just ran out of food and left) or was it full of capped honey?
If you can post a couple of pictures we might be able to help out.