Tom, since I'm not a beekeeper, I can't help you if you want a whole tune on that topic.
My approach would be different and treat beekeeping as a metaphor. Maybe have the first verse about looking forward to springtime only to see that half your bees are gone. Then the other verses would be about other things or people that have left. One verse on bees, one on age taking about your athletic ability, one on your fruit tree drying up, on one a woman leaving. You get the point.
OR . . . instead of the theme being loss, it could be lots of work with no reward, so you put in all this work to keep bees and end up with no honey. You lavish love and presents on your woman, and she leaves you. You spend weeks building a garden, and the plants bear no fruit. You spend weeks crushing grapes but they go straight to vinegar and you get no wine. You spend a year of weekends rebuilding that '68 Mustang and someone steels it before you ever take it for a ride. That sort of thing. The bee hive would still be the first verse and give the tune it's title: "Big Hive, No Honey."
Dusty T., Northern California
As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and one foot forward into the future.
-- Dizzy Gillespie