This is going to be long, so I apologize for that and thank anyone who has the patience to read through it all.
Two new hives, 3lb. packages installed early-May.
Towards the end of May, I did my first inspection which revealed that Hive 1 was superceding (multiple queen cells in middle of frames) and Hive 2 was going gangbusters.
Today I did another inspection.
Hive 1 was doing well with capped and uncapped brood (about 2-3 whole frames worth) and we saw the Queen. Only about 3-4 frames covered in bees, but I expected that considering their supercedure.
However, Hive 2 had lots of capped brood, but no uncapped brood and we did not see the queen. There was one swarm cell (bottom of frame) which got crushed. All frames full of bees except the ones on the ends.
I've got two deep brood boxes on their way and I will definitely put one on Hive 2 since they're so full. I'll hold off on adding the second box to Hive 1 until they build up in numbers.
Now, do I buy a new queen for Hive 2?
Do I pull a frame of brood from Hive 1 and give to Hive 2 to raise a new queen?
I'm hesistant to take a frame of brood from Hive 1 since they're so far behind after superceding and there's not much to spare.
Any suggestions? In the meantime, I'll be trying to find the links to the instructions for using a push-in cage to introduce the new queen.
********EDIT: After I posted this, I began looking through the pictures my husband took during the inspection. Lo and behold, I see the queen in one of the pictures from Hive 2. So, it turns out they're not queenless.
I'm still pretty sure I didn't see any eggs or larvae. What are the reasons a queen would stop laying?