Well, I guess we all have those moments. :roll: Yesterday I was out to a yard and went through 7 of the hives there, leaving one for today. At one point I found a hive where everything seemed normal (not overly strong for sure, but OK). This hive had no brood whatsoever though, but did have a queen roaming around. It's too early here for new queens so she has to be the wintered one. Anyway, I put a frame with eggs in it from another hive, but I didn't pinch her. I figured I would see if they tried to raise one and if not I am getting queens shortly anyways and then I would just re-queen. I also had another hive near it that was bursting at the seams and I marked it to pull at least 2 nucs off it. At the last moment (for what ever reason) I decided to switch the two hives positions, setting back the boomer a bit, and giving the weaker hive a bit of a boost. Well, I went back today to do the one hive I had left. What a scene! :shock: I am not sure what I did, but in front of the weak hive (now in the strong hive position) was a bloodbath! Thousands of dead and dying bees. I lifted off the 2 deeps and the bottom board was an inch high in dead bees, they couldn't get through to remove them! I cleaned off the bottom board and replaced it and put the boxes back on and as I was replacing the cover they were already hauling out more dead and wounded. In all my years of keeping I have never seen a result like this one. It was as ugly as it gets (for me anyways). I figure at the worst I killed off the colony with the queen that wasn't laying, but what a waste! :cry: Days like this my smiley avatar seems inappropriate.