This is my first year with two hives. One is doing really well and is almost ready for a super. The other killed their queen about a month and a half ago and a couple weeks later I saw a new queen in there. She looked good, but so far isn't laying. I don't know if she managed to mate since the weather has been crappy allll summer. Anyway, I should probably give her a few more weeks since I don't really know when she was hatched or when/if she mated, but meanwhile the hive is dwindling a little, even after I put in a frame of eggs from the other hive. They also don't seem to be too serious about food stores, I'm not sure why. So, if in a few weeks she's still not laying, should I combine hives?
My concerns are:
1) This problem hive arrived with a dead queen in the package. Then a couple months later they killed their second queen, who seemed to be laying okay. If they're just wired wrong, I don't want them to wreck the other hive. Though, they're much much happier now, even with their queen who doesn't seem to be laying.
2) I don't really know when to do it. The weather has the blooms all out of whack, for one thing. And also, I'm just about to put a super on the good hive.
3) Do I need to actually find and kill the old queen?