I am a novice and am not generally qualified to give anyone advice, but maybe since it is planting time a local farmer has sprayed pesticide that destroyed your hive.
Maybe pesticide was sprayed last year, stored with honey and just now uncapped, and eaten.
Look for heads/thoraxes on ground = hornets.
I had a mini-mass die-off last year, bees recovered, never figured out what it was.
I opened the hive. They must have swarmed or all died. There is lots of really dark wax. Is this normal? There is no bad odor so I dont think there was disiease.
I am starting a second hive and have nbees coming.
Do I put on a deep with honey all throughout on the top - and a super with empty frames to be drawn below - and a hive top feeder on top of these - or just start with the empty frames?
If just the empty frames - at what point should I use all these frames with Honey? Also - will they use the hiney to live on?
It sems to me the honey capped frames will just make them think they are out of space and swarm - no?
Should I scartch open all the honey frames and even try to drain them - if I do will they empty the remaining hney and the use them for brood?
I dont see this anywhere in Beekeeping for dummies.