Late fall mated queen gone bad ?
I had two colonies to supercede first week of Oct. 2010. Never gave them much of a chance of mating, they both began to lay and over wintered fine.
3/12/11 inspection both had great bood patterns. 4/2/11 one queen had all but completly stopped laying, all drone cells sealed, less than 5% worker cells sealed all others empty, 3 queen cells piping ready to hatch. Lots of open necter had been gathered. Located queen and she looked withered.
Am I correct in my assumption that my late fall queen has probably became a drone layer and this is not swarm preps since there are no eggs or sealed worker brood?
Poppy's Bees, Queens, and Honey
Mammoth Cave, KY