I dont post much and I am in the middle of freaking out. I have 3 hives and 7 days ago I applied MAQS. Today I pulled the strips and did a quick review of each hive:
- 1st hive is strong - good brood pattern (1st year hive)
- 2nd is OK - average to below average amount of brood in an OK pattern (2nd year hive)
- 3rd hive is where I have my concern (2nd year hive)
There is only about 20 cells of brood in total across 2 frames. The overall hive numbers are lower than 7 days ago and the activity at the entrace is very low. The bees that are foraging are brinign in pollen and nectar but at a slower rate than the other two hives. If I were any good at finding the queen, I would have taken the time to find her. I believe she may noit have survived.
What do I do? Do I wait a few days and then re-check before I do anything else? Do I move 2 frames of day-old from the strong hive? Do I immediately purchase another queen and introduce her?
Thanks for allowing a space for my freak-out
Chris in NJ