Cdn Beek here, new to this last summer, with four hives. Just last week I cleaned out the bottom boards of these hives and couldn't beleive the amount of dead bees in a couple of the hives. Going into the winter these two hives were very health and full ...did a mite count and literally had none! One of the hives was weaker going into the winter yet it had the least of the dead bees in that one. All these hives are alive and appear to be doing ok, we fed them fondant about a month ago ... just being careful. And last week each were given a pollen pattie, again more insurance.
I'm just wondering if this sounds normal to everyone ... from what I've read, its to be expected ... it was just the amount of dead bees that got me to thinking about it all.