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Too much real estate leaves hives vulnerable to small hive beetle, wax moths etc. I suspect if you have drought or dearth (lack of nectar) they left for greener and more abundant pastures. New hives have to be fed, which reminds me I have to feed my old hives tomorrow, as we are in our summer drought here and nectar is scarce.

I doubt that you had nosema - that tends to be a disease of rainy cold weather - we rarely see it in Texas. But I am not sure where you are either. probably a lack of food available. I don't know much about Warre, but bees like a container that fits hive size and 2 empty boxes on top would be awfully hard to heat during the winter. Might have contributed to the move.
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