Re: Queen not laying???
Do you know what brood looks like? Some folks don't know the difference between capped brood and capped honey. They don't notice the difference. And what about larval and pupal stages of growth? Do you know what they are supposed to look like? have you been shown.
You mentioned the numbers of bees and that no smoke was used. Perhaps bees were covering the brood so well that you couldn't see the baby bees in their cells.
There is much that we can't help you w/ from a distance. More info is needed by us to be of much aid to you. That's why I asked for info about what you know about so we can make some intelligent suggestions.
Until we know more it is too early for anyone to suggest that a new queen is in order.
I am tending towards thinking that you have a good queenright colony of bees.
Just because something is new to you, doesn't mean it is new, or revolutionary. Mark Berninghausen