Hi, I just started beekeeping this summer. I had to start a little late because the supplier I had ordered from canceled on me. So I went looking online, found a package on ebay and installed it June 8th.
Everything was going great, until 9 days ago, I opened the hive up to do an inspection and there was only a little bit of capped brood on a few frames in the bottom box. I had not checked it for 10 days, and 10 days before it, the hive was full of brood on all the frames. I have 2 8-frame mediums on it right now.
So, 9 days ago, when I opened and saw that there was barely any brood, I ordered a new queen. Four days ago, I opened it up and checked the top brood box to see if there was any brood and there wasn't, so I closed it back up and waited for my new queen.
Today, the queen arrived and when I went to put it in the bottom box, there was one frame with a very patchy brood pattern and some uncapped larvae. I'm not sure what to do, or if this is the same brood from 9 days ago. The uncapped larvae is what surprised me the most. I don't think they were drone cells. Also, this whole time, I haven't seen any queen cells at all. Thanks for any help!