I havenít seen capped brood in either of my only two over-wintered hives in 4 weeks, despite seeing 2-3 frames full of eggs on every weekly visit. After a week, a frame of eggs should be mostly capped brood, or at least very mature larva. But when Iíve returned after a week, a frame that was full of eggs last week is now empty or else re-laid with fresh eggs.
If the hive were short of food Iíd think sheíd stop laying, no?
I swapped frames of eggs between the two hives last weekend, but this weekend the result was the same: no capped brood or queen cells on those frames, nor on any other.
I didnít see any brood older than 4-5 days.
Yesterday I found and marked the queens in both hives, for easy removal if necessary 😢😢
One looked very small, and the other looked large and healthy, but neither is producing viable brood.
So even if theyíre not un-mated, something else is going wrong, and I donít have a queen-right hive from which to take queen-able eggs.
Even if I could get a frame of food eggs in there, itíd be 7 weeks until I got new brood from a new queen, and my hives probably would have died out by then.
If Iím going to save these hives Iím pretty sure I need new queens in there ASAP.
Anyone have a theory on what's going on?
Anyone selling queens in stock for immediate delivery?