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Both of our first year packaged hives made it through a Hudson Valley winter. When we opened them yesterday we found one full of fairly calm bees but no eggs, larvae or brood. The brood pattern was there with honey around it but empty cell where we would expect the brood. There were a couple of empty and broken down supercedure cells but no sign of a queen. What to do? Should I wait in hopes that they are re queening or bring in a new queen now?

The other hive was full of brood. At least four frames of solid brood in the top brood box (these are 8 frame boxes) with empty undrawn frames at the edges and two frames with brood in the bottom box. Should we add a super now or is it too early. The dandelions are in bloom and fruit trees are just about to open.
Thanks for any advice.
 

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If you have no eggs or larvae, they cannot make a new queen - you need freshly hatched larvae to raise a queen. I would recommend taking a frame of brood (uncapped) from your other hive and give it to the hive that appears queenless so they can requeen. If they really have a queen and she has just not started to work, no harm no foul - they will get a jolt of fresh brood. If they don't have a queen, they can raise one with the new frame of brood.
 
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