I'm not sure what to do. The hive next door propped them up with lost bees til I merged them. I dumped the laying worker or poorly mated queen hive about 50 feet from the hive stand, and set the boxes back up when I finished, newspaper combining the one with a queen on top. Except I'm not sure it still had a queen. The 2 frames I robbed from my good hive have hatched out, not loaning them more comb and currently not feeding as stores were adequate and my big hive has their number for feed drips. Went back through last week there was some uncapped brood but in large drone cells. Will check later today. If those are capped drone, well I don't have the freezer space to hold 20 frames and keep hoping for a cutout I can use the frames with.
My question is: how long does a laying worker live? because this has been going on for a while. If she dies will another worker take her place laying drones? I would like to order a queen for them