Carniolan queen shut down last year in Early October. We did spot her mulling around for another couple of weeks then she disappeared. Figured she was hiding between the frames. Bees all seem to be doing well for winter. We have given syrup but they appear to have plenty of food.
I know they typically will start laying in February but so I’m not seeing any sign of her. She could be laying inside the frames and I just can’t see her yet.
My question is when have you typically seen a queen start up again? Especially in the northern climates. Any way I can tell if she has started and I just can’t see her?