Hi, I am at a loss about this situation. I went to check on my hives and the strongest hive I had had hundreds of dead bees in the snow at the back of the hive. Obviously they came out of the top vent. I have not opened up to see if the entire hive is dead but I am not too hopeful. Suppose to warm up on Tuesday so maybe I will take a look. Is it possible that there were so many bees that hundreds decided to leave to make more food available to the younger (winter) bees ? I have never seen this happen in the past. This happened in the past few days, after the snow storm. There has been real cold weather so I don’t think it was cleansing flights. My other hives are OK, as far as I can tell. Any advice will be appreciated. Peter.