1. If your gut says you don't know why that hive died, do NOT feed that honey to your bees. Hive 1 was almost gone with a full super. Hive 3 was gone with a full super. Common wisdom, share with the bees. If you do not know why they are doing badly, eat the honey.. 2. I'll figure this out when I go rescue the newly hatched baby bees from 3 frames I took away from hive 5. I went to put them in bleach water at midnight and found they had new bees, so I am going to add them to the nuc. 3. when the bee inspector says the comb and honey are safe and do not carry the disease European Foulbrood, I will never again believe him. He could have 50 years in beekeeping but none of them were in weather like we have today with dearths like we have today, except the past 3 years. He has some catching up to do. On the other hand, I have NEVER seen a good flow. EVER. Not since I had one bee here. 4. Since the swarm that went into hive 1 went into the bee tree first, I assumed they caught the EFB from the bee tree's comb. (there were no bees there when I cut it down) However, there are no feral bees in my area, and were none until I lost a swarm on May 3, 2011. That swarm was from a hive I purchased locally that swarmed off, and the balance of the bees absconded a month later due to dearth, too much real estate, shb and wax moth I assumed. I am now quite suspicious that the first hive I bought didn't come with the EFB. Her advice was so inappropriate to healthy beekeeping I waited months before joining a local group.. Deep shade under a giant elm that sees no sun for 6 months. That's where she set up my hive... 5. Feeling all safe and secure here, obviously. I am going to the garden. I apologize for my tone, many of you here have been supportive. But I have had one 8 hour nights sleep since this all started, and I do not anticipate another one for 2 or 3 more days... Still cleaning up wax, processing honey, medicating bees, and going now to rescue the new bees... They wouldn't hatch on the ledge next to the hive, too hot and sunny, they'd get their head out and die. So before I went to work yesterday I tossed the frames on a white nylon rock bag and covered them with the rest of the bag. I was very surprised to find 25 or 30 live bees at midnight. They are looking for home. Going to assist before I turn the chickens loose.