It seems the last month, my numbers for queen cells are down. Although I do everything the way it should be done, I can't seem to get good percentages. I do not remember having much problems in years past, and the weather was just as bad last year with drought, etc.
Do others see a natural drop in the number of queens cells based on time of the year and as it gets later in the summer?
They know they are queenless. But no matter what I do (feeding, adding nurse bees, etc.), it seems that I can't get the numbers very high for the past several weeks.
Is this natural? Is there anything else to be done later in the year that you didn't do earlier in the summer/spring?
Thank you for any comments.