So one of my formerly strong hives that I haven't looked in for awhile (or deep enough into in a while), there was no brood whatsever. No capped brood, etc. It has been that long that they've been without a queen. However, there may have been a capped queen cell or some queen cells that recently hatched. I don't know. And that's the conundrum. This have was 4 mediums with no brood.
It's late in the season. Sept. 14th in Utah. So what do I do. What's the point in combining them with another smaller hive (I have a couple of hives that I've been building up from nucs) if there is no brood in it? They could help gather stores, but they can do that on their own?
They could provide more "coverage" if I combined them with the small (one deep) hives so the queen in that smaller hive would lay over a larger area?
Or it could be that I shouldn't combine because just MAYBE there was a queen in this have about to mate, or recently mated, and she might start laying in the next couple days? But is that going to happen so late? Are there drones still? (I forgot to look.)
To late to order a queen from anyone?
So that's my point. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing something NOW or waiting a few weeks. But if I wait then what's the point in even combining? I could just their stores and put it with the smaller hives?
Your thoughts would be appreciated.