Did my first-of-the-year full inspection yesterday. One hive is going gangbusters. I had intended on removing the bottom deep, as last year they had moved up and the lowest one was empty. But they had already started filling it with brood and honey, so it stayed. 2nd deep is full of brood, shallow on top of that has a bit of brood and honey.
2nd hive is another story. They seem happy and were busily foraging. Maybe about 8 frames of bees spread out through 2 deeps. But I looked at every frame: No brood. Saw nectar, pollen, capped honey, crystallized honey, but no brood. Found one queen cell (capped) on the bottom of a frame. Any ideas what is going on? Are they doomed?
“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” -Henry David Thoreau