Update on queenless hive
I looked into the hive where I saw no brood and a queen cell 3 weeks ago. Still no brood, and the bees are packing honey into the brood chamber. Looks like there's nothing happening there. Still a decent number of bees, though.
So I opened the othert hive, which is going gangbusters. Has 2 deeps full of brood, some brood and honey in the 1st shallow, and the 2nd shallow nearly full of honey. Bees filling almost every frame. I looked through the brood boxes, trying (in vain) to find a frame of eggs. Dang it! I know there had to be eggs. Didn't see the queen, either. So I took a frame where I could see little or no capped brood, some tiny larvae, and a bunch of "empty" cells, and moved it to the other hive. Put it between a few empty frames. Wait and see, I guess. Hope that was the right thing to do.
Threw a 3rd shallow on the booming hive. Next step: Get glasses and someone to show me eggs.
The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams. -Henry David Thoreau