I am using a DE hive, second season. The foundation that comes with the shallow supers is drone size. I do not like using excluders and usually don't have any problems. The queen laid eggs in the honey supers so I finally broke down and put on the excluder. When I checked the hive today I found queen cells in the drone size foundation. I checked the brood chamber and found some eggs and young larvae. There were a couple of dry queen cups at the bottom of a few frames.
I am thinking it is time to replace this queen. Am I right? I destroyed the queen cells.