A swarm moved into an eve of a house late last summer.We went to remove them today and found that the last cold snap last weekend killed them. Only a few bees flying and no Queen.It got warm in our area a while back and the Queens started laying.Last weekend we got six inches of snow and the temps.got down to ten at night and not above freezing in the day. A lot of people lost hives to the cold.The bees try to keep all of the brood warm and in turn they all freeze.
On a good note,We checked on my hives today.My three big hives are going crazy.We watched drones hatching already.Very good brood patterns and lots of syrup and pollen. We added a third hive body on each and will probably do my splits in three or four weeks.Since drones are present I'll probably let my splits raise their own Queens with the hopes that my Drones will mate them.No other beeks close by.I have good buckfast hives and good local mutt hives.They are doing very good in my area.