I checked on the hive yesterday and found the several empty queen cells, most on the bottom edges of the frames but one in the middle of a frame. There is no brood at all in the hive and they are back filling the brood frames with nectar. If I install a queen she'll have no place to lay eggs. I don't have any more brood comb, only some beat up honey super comb I planned on stripping out and replacing with foundation. How do I handle this? Slip a box of honey comb in there and let them deal with it? Extract the nectar from the brood comb and feed it back to them?
There's a lot of drones in the hive but otherwise the population of workers is still very good.
I wanted to replace the queen anyway, these bees were real angry and hard to work. The only thing they've been good at is gluing the heck out of my hive boxes and frames.
Thanks very much,