Hi BYC Bee People - I'm having a bee emergency and need to figure out what to do to save them if that's even possible at this point. I started my first top bar hive in April of this year. Everything was going great - TONS of bees, 8 full bars of comb plus the 9th one started, bees all over the yard and garden at the house we officially move into tomorrow... Then the badness begins. I'm not sure if my hive is salvageable at this point but if it is I want to make every effort to save my bees. Quick back story - I set my hive up on my parents property in April as I knew we would be moving in and taking over the farm this summer after my dad retired. The farm in located in the cascade foothills in Duvall, WA in case that helps diagnose the problem. After installing the package in April I was driving out there and checking on them two or three times a week at first, then when food consumption slowed I checked once a week. Sometime in mid to late May they had pretty much quit eating the sugar syrup and were out foraging in force as things started to bloom. I stopped feeding at the end of May when they stopped consuming the jars. Looking back I'm worried that this may have been the wrong thing to do... I'm thinking I should have kept food available for them just in case. I did start to have some mold growing on the end farthest from the entrance that didn't have comb but I read about it and everyone seemed to say not to worry about it, that the bees would clean it. I also noticed some ants on top of my hive but again read not to worry too much about them. There weren't very many ants so it didn't seem to be an issue. Everything looked great, lots of comb building and capped brood and the hive population was clearly growing. Then I go to check on them last weekend. It was cool with some drizzle so I just went up to see what they were up to and didn't open the hive. I didn't hear a lot of noise which I thought was a bit odd but I saw some bees coming in and out of the entrance and crawling around on the side of the hive so I didn't worry about it too much. On Monday of this week we had some sunny and very warm weather and my dad mentioned to me that he didn't see a lot of activity in the hive and that he couldn't hear any noise in there. I started to get very concerned so I checked on them last night when we brought a load of stuff out there. I opened the hive to find a HUGE mound of dead bees. Almost every bee in the hive was dead. I pulled some comb and I still have capped brood and some live bees crawling around but there are so few (maybe a couple hundred tops?) that I don't know if I can save the hive. I didn't know what to do and it was almost dark so I closed the hive back up, made sure the entrance was clear of dead bees until I could deal with it today. Like I said, it was dark so I couldn't see to find the queen but I have to assume she's dead. I will look again today when it is light out and see if I can find her but I don't have a lot of hope. My question is, what do I do from here. I know I need to clean the hive out. but is there any way to salvage this hive? My thinking was that maybe I should put the comb with live bees in a box today, get the hive cleaned out, then put the bars back in and make sure they have plenty of food so they don't have to forage? Please help, I really want to save my hive if at all possible! Thank you!