Need some help. I have two hives that are both about two months old, purchased as nucs. One hive was super strong and the queen had a beautiful laying pattern, the other was doing good but not great. Last week I checked both and the strong have was still ok but had suddenly slowed way down in their progress. The hive still seemed happy but it had several, maybe five or six, new queen cells in it but very little if any other brood. I left the cells and added a box to try to give them a little more room. That left them with a brood box that had a little honey, lots of pollen and very little brood if any.
The second box had the queen cells, some pollen and lots of honey and a new shallow honey super. Never found the queen or eggs though. Was a little concerned for it so I left the cells.
The other weaker hive had no brood that I could see at all but plenty of pollen and honey. They were hot last week, boiling out of the brood box when I came to it. No stings, but they were really nervous. Interestingly enough theyonlyreally got that way after I took the honey filled box off. Anyways, I gave them one of the queen cells from the other hive and left.
Checked both this week after about 10 days. The "stronger hive" has no brood still and was not happy. All the queen cells were open which leads me to believe I just need to wait on that one. BUT, the weaker hive now has either a laying worker or the queen is firing blanks. They weren't happy again and have twos frames of spotty drone brood. Both hives have plenty of bees and still seem like their actively making honey.
What do I do? Neither hive seems to have any usable brood. It's like I lost both queens at once. Do I buy a queen for the weaker hive and shake the frames off into the grass. Or do I wait for the "stronger" hive to hopefully make a queen and use her eggs to give new brood to the weaker hive too. Or do I buy a new queen for each hive. Do I even have time to wait and see?