can a hive survive the winter without a queen?
I am concerned, have been since the fall, that I am without a queen. At the end of the summer, I had noticed an inordinate number of drones, suspecting I had a hive that lost its queen, and therefore the workers were laying only drones.
So far my hive is not dead, I notice on decently nice days, upper 40's to low 50's that there are workers coming out for their cleaning flights.
Is it possible for my hive to thrive throughout the winter without a Queen? Or the fact that it is still alive, the colony, point to the possibility/likelihood that I still have a queen present?
Anyone knowledgeable enough to chime in I would appreciate a response.
thanks so much,