I had some pretty significant losses due to animal attacks in outyards in Fall and a few weeks ago or I wouldn't even be giving this a second thought.
All of my overwintered hives are coming along nicely except for one. It is a carni queen that hasn't started laying yet at all that I can see. The cluster keeps dwindling every time I check on them but not an egg, larvae, or spot of capped brood anywhere. I see her running around on the frames and she doesn't appear injured. Lots of food & pollen available as well. If I didn't need this hive to get going I would just pinch her now and will when I can make a queen.
But, it's too early for drones so I can't make a queen. I am thinking about putting this colony on top of another that is doing well with a double screen between. Would that possibly get her laying? Strangely, it doesn't seem that any of the workers are laying either.