I have had a rather strong colony go 95% drone brood on me.(interesting- seems as if a small % might be worker brood). This is a double deep colony w/2 honey supers (1 filled, the other partial). Everything seemed fine. In fact, I thought that I would take a couple of frames out to make up a split. When I got down to the brood chamber t had very little brood (both open and sealed), 95% of which was drone? I tried to look for the queen (talk about a needle in a hay stack). I did not find her. These 20 frames are just covered real thick with bees (80%workers/20%drone). So, here are my question(s).
1. Can a good queen all of the sudden become a drone layer?
2. If this has become a laying worker colony what should I do? (If it were smaller I would shake it out and re-queen,no problem. This is a big dog colony, shake all those bees out just the same?)
3. Should I just take the honey, split the two deeps and put the deeps on 2 other colonies in a different yard? (recombine and requeen later in the fall?)