Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter
Hi there Drone74, welcome to Beesource. LJ's question is one I would be asking. Unless you know you killed her, what leads you to believe she is dead? I would not combine. As long as it is winter, the hive should not go LW. Please list your location. Here in Richmond , VA, I can expect to start seeing small amounts of brood in a few weeks. Enough that on a warm day, I could steal some eggs if forced to do so. If the hive does go laying worker, providing frames of open brood, even multiple times, is no sure bet. Maybe 50/50 at best.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.