I am in the process of tranferring my hives from pallets set on black weed block paper to cinder blocks and 4x4's to make it neater and easier to work the hives out in the beeyard. I was working near my mega-hive because tomorrow we were hoping to remove our first honey crop. They had a pile of bees in the usual corner on the black paper where they've always hauled the dead and dying. It was a sizeable pile in that I could cup my hands and probably get a handful. I noticed a very faint odor like seafood that has set out in the sun for too long. It wasn't overwhelming and would come and go but nevertheless......do rotting bee corpses stink? I know what I need to do and that is get into this hive and have a peek. I was hoping to hold out until tomorrow as bee-ing a newer beek my wife says I'm in there way too much. They were good a week ago Friday.