I am a first year beekeeper and am learning some hard lessons. In short, I have two hives. Both swarmed over a month ago and I have been waiting/hoping they would get queenright on their own. For whatever reason (I wish I knew,) neither of them seem to be and they have been broodless for three weeks now. I have a laying worker in one and the other will probably be in laying worker status any day now. I have no available brood. Nobody to help me. (My mentor came out to inspect and confirmed the lack of queen/eggs, but did not offer me any brood.) I considered trying to requeen, but without brood it seems futile.
So, I have two hives full of honey and drone brood. I would like to try again next spring, but would like to know what to do to best prepare the hives. I figure I will harvest the honey this weekend and return the frames to the hive to let the remaining bees clean them up. What else do I need to do? Should I just let them rear a bunch of drones? I have a lot of frames with honey and drone brood. Will the drones eat the honey as the hive dies out? If they don't, will that honey last for the new hive in the spring? Any storage advice?
Any advice is appreciated.