I've been a lurker on this board for a while. I really enjoy reading it but never had a good question so I never registered before. Well, I ran into something today that I hope someone can shed some light on so I registered and here I am.
Here's the story: It's been a wet miserable spring here and the bees have not faired well. This weekend was the first time the weather was good enough to really get a look inside the hives.I had this one hive that I was concerned about. Very weak and the bees when they could fly didn't act very enthusiastic. Opened them up and there was 3 frames of bees. First frame I took out I took one look and said oh my laying workers. A patch of sealed worker brood half the size of my hand, larva same amount and eggs same amount. Sealed brood looked good, larva looked good one to a cell, all stages of development from very small to ready to cap. So far great but the eggs, 2 to 5 eggs in a cell and some eggs laying on their side. No spotty brood, it was a good solid pattern. The next frame solid pattern of capped worker brood albeit a small pattern. Last frame there's the queen. A nice fat one too. Easy to see no mistaking her. I never saw one drone cell in the hive and no queen cells either. I can't believe there could have been a supercedure this early and especially after seeing that big fat queen. None of the hives have any drones yet for a virgin to mate with anyway. So if they're not queenless or never have been whats with the multiple eggs in the cells. I was going to unite them with another weak hive but decided to wait a few days and give it a think. Can anybody enlighten me.
One other thing allthough I think it's unrelated. There was a thin fringe of dead brood on one frame. We had some pretty cold weather here a week ago and I think they were chilled.
What's your diagnosis?