Spring comes late here to begin with. Colorado front-range climate is a very fickle one, and part of what I accept about bees here is that I am in a slightly more challenging environment. The year the weather has been dry, very dry this year, meaning every sunny day is already a fire danger day. The modest rains have been enough to support the dandelions, golden pea - no good to honey bees, and the blossoming of aspens and other shrubs/trees. But the grass crackles underfoot, and I cannot imagine lots of nectar coming out of anything, and the air and wind just sublimate any water.
Seems to me the bees know they are in a drought, and reduced brood rearing accordingly. Anyone have experience with this? Could they stop rearing brood altogether? One hive is broodless, and one has slowed rearing way, way down. I am addressing the possibility of other problems with my hives here with local beekeepers, but I am wondering out loud specifically here about brought response? I put a frame of eggs and brood in to the broodless hive in case they need to raise a queen, yes. But I felt bad moving it form the other hive because the brood frames are rare commodities these days!
Of course, there are other explanations such as supersedure, etc, just wondering about weather related issues in this posting, though.
Any thoughts, thanks?