2nd year beekeeper here looking for help/advice to a problem Im having:
Background: Hive #1 has two 10 frame deeps and one honey super with queen excluder. 3 weeks ago I made a nuc by taking frames from this hive. At the time, all was well with the hive .....brood in all stages, marked queen present etc.. Nuc is doing great and it queened itself with no apparent problems.
Today I go to do a hive inspection and there is very little capped brood, no uncapped brood and no eggs. No marked queen. 3 empty queen cells. I also noticed some workers with deformed wing virus. I also have a green perco drone frame in the top deep full of nectar and pollen but no drone brood. I'm thinking the hive swarmed.
Any thoughts/advice on how to proceed?