Hello! I am super new to bee keeping and I believe my happy little hive decided to leave. One day they were there buzzing and everything seemed fine and today they are all gone. A few little stragglers and I did notice some Yellowjackets which makes me think this is why they left. Such a mystery really! I am wondering if I can harvest the wax/honey and clean the hive out to prepare for next year. The had a ton of comb built and filled for winter and I would hate to see it go to waste after all their hard work. I have a top bar bee hive and I am thinking I need to switch to the standard style for next year just to have more resources for learning and answers.
If you know what my next step is... please reach out! I am all ears and would love to hear more and what my options are going forward!
Thank you so much,