So, what was expected happened. Our 8 frame hive, which had been struggling the entire year, finally gave up the ghost. The combination of cold weather, fairly heavy varroa infestation, and a poorly producing queen made for a poor hive. That being said, our 10 frame hive is doing great, and we’re confident it will survive the winter.
Here are some pictures. We took one frame from the dead hive and filtered it into honey using Jeff Miller’s video as a guide, and got a couple of jars of honey. It tastes absolutely fantastic. Very floral and nuanced. We kept the other full frames for the split we’re planning to do with a hygienic queen in the Spring.