I checked one of my hives yesterday that on 9/6 had brood, no open larvae and probably no eggs (hard to see). Yesterday, there was no brood at all but two open queen cells on the bottom of a frame. This hive consists of one deep and two mediums, all chock full of pollen and capped honey.
Perhaps there is a virgin queen out there mating, but I think it getting pretty late.
I have a single deep hive and also, a double five frame nuc that I could put into a 10-frame deep body. Does it make sense to do a newspaper combine with the queenless hive and these two smaller hives. They each have a lot of brood and are storing honey and pollen. The queenless hive had a mite count of 2 (sugar roll). The other two hives' mite count were 5 and three, respectively (they were splits in late June and made their own queens).
My instinct says to combine them and not wait for a queen to maybe return. I was just wondering what other opinions/options there are?