****... Lost another hive. This one was strong and had at least 2 full supers worth of honey. Checked them a couple weeks ago and all was fine. Today, my small, weaker hive was really busy but nothing coming out of the large hive. Pulled the top off and about 10-20 yellow jackets poured out of the hive. I only found a handful of bees and they were near death it seemed. I also, oddly enough, found the queen with them.
Pulled the hive apart and there was no brood in the brood box. In the super above the brood box, there was a couple of frames with brood in various places so it makes me think that the queen either slowing down or the queen I found was new. The sporadic brook I assume was laying workers. I also found a couple of empty queen cells.
So what do you think? Absconded or died out since the queen wasn't laying?
I plan on checking the other hive to see if they are doing ok, but I swear if I lose this one also, I'm selling it all. This is one frustrating hobby.