The last few weeks my two hives have had far fewer capped brood cells. I am wondering if it's that time of the year that they begin cutting back on egg laying or something else is going on. And what to do about it.
Hive #1 has a prolific queen who has been laying gang busters until recently.
Hive #2 has a young queen who upon my latest inspection I discovered has a crippled back left leg. However, I did see her laying eggs and moving quickly but there are numerous supercedure cells evident which I've been removing so far.
I have been feeding both hives fairly lightly the last few weeks following several weeks of heavier feeding.
The thing is I want both new colonies to draw the maximum amount of foundation possible so they get out of the gate quickly next spring. Hive #1 has filled one deep and hive #2 has only filled one half. I want them to fill that deep by early winter.
If I start feeding them heavily again will they start laying heavily again?
Or is there some other limiting factor here?