It has turned cold here in northeast Texas and I have been checking on my bees everyday. I have one weak hive that I worry about and would love to know what is happening inside. A week and a half ago my husband and I opened it up and saw that it had plenty of stores for the winter (about 8 frames of capped honey) and even though the hive seemed smaller than the others it still had a decent amount of bees so we left it alone and closed it back up. A couple of days ago I decided to put some white paper on the ground in front of each of my hives to see what kind of debris gets tossed out and how many dead bees I might find. Each day I notice dead bees showing up on the paper in front of each one, some days more than others and some days less, say maybe 10-20 on the weak hive. To get around to asking my question, :mrgreen: what is a normal number of bees to die each day at this time of year, or is it normal? I know there is not some "magic" number, but I worry about the weak hive dieing this winter because of a lack of bees. Does the queen still continue to lay eggs and raise brood even in the colder temps?