I know a farmer who has a commercial guy come in with hives to pollinate his crops. All his bees died last winter as well. I noticed, however, that he left them all winter with a single deep box. I don't think that is enough sugar reserves and the bees just starved.
So the question is: Did your bees have adequate honey to survive the winter? I like to have at least two deeps and usually a super on top of that. I've heard that they can survive with a single deep, but I think that's cutting it a bit close.
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