Queen for a day.
Thats what I am seeing also as I pull honey.
ONE hive actually looked and acted queenless. Stingy, running, roaring, no brood, no eggs, etc...
But the others:
You open the hive, no brood, no eggs, no queen, no virgin, no cells, no torn-down cells, just calm quiet contented looking bees walking around on pollen bound comb.
Fairly good populations.
There you are with a frame in your hands saying, "Oh come on! There just has to be a queen in here somewhere; they're way to quiet!"
And what is amazing, is how they bounce back with a new queen.
A month later, you would never know anything ever happened.
Right now, we are making up winter nucs.
Unfortunatly, some of them get used prior to winter when queens are no longer available.
So I am getting close to filling all of the nuc boxes.
They sure are a salvation in California almond season!
Just say NO to excuse-izm!
If my bees die, I am responsible.