Re: puzzled after inspection
You have to do a queen test to be sure if the hive is indeed queen less now.
If you see eggs/larvae from the other hives and this #2 hive has none then you really have to find out.
To do a queen test, take a small plastic queen cage and put one queen inside. You can find one queen from
the other hives, either one will be fine.
Take this plastic queen cage along with the queen inside to put on the top bar of the suspected queen less hive.
If the worker bees are fanning next to the cage saying the queen is here, the queen is here, then you have a queen less hive.
Sometime even a LWs hive if they are calm after a prolong period of queen less, since the LWs already replaced the laying queen inside.
If the workers are biting the cage and queen then there might be an old queen inside still. Need to feed the hive to get the queen laying again.
If not then it is time to get this hive a new mated queen. Combining a LWs hive with a queen right hive will get the queen killed by balling.
Need to be extra careful now since the coming of Fall and winter a mated queen will be very scarce.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?