This may not be the proper place to post but I have a observation hive that's 2 deeps and a med in upstate NY. I had gotten it going well and ended up pulling the queen for another hive and replacing a frame with a QC cell on it.
The queen emerged and was mated and laying w/in 14 days. She laid all frames fully but after they emerged she seems to not be laying in any predictable pattern.. We started a golden rod flow as the first round of her laying was emerging. They back filled 80% of the cells she had laid in. Population seems to be ok but as the new ones emerged a lot of the old ones died out as there was a brood break so the populations dwindled some.
I see her lay but it seems like the workers remove the eggs possibly to back fill? Plenty of nectar and there was a lot of pollen that seems to have been consumed by the newly emerged bees. They are not using it for brood rearing however.
Is there something wrong with the queen or could it be a lack of pollen so she has stooped laying? I'm not sure what my options are I can give them a partial patty but dont want SHB's to get a foot hold. I think the population needs to be greater for the winter months to come. Will they reorganize and she will start laying again?
Any thoughts would be helpfull. My full sized hives have definatly slowed on the laying but not completely like this hive.