Re: A Queen that will not stay home.
Perhaps it is a good queen... but she got a late in the year start with a weakened and weakening population and if there was a late summer dearth like there is here... maybe she just never had enough resources to take off. She is not the original queen but was introduced late in the season after the strong spring into early summer flows were over. The prob is now that it is too late in the year to try boosting her with frames from other hives as it would just weaken the stronger hive to no use as it's just too late. Pinch her and combine the three frames with your weakest of the other three hives you have. This is how I read it myself from the other side of the country anyways!
20+ years with bees and still learning. Currently near Marysville, CA, 95901