Hi all, I've been lurking for a while and finally have a question for you. I'm a new beek, with one hive started this spring. I went in today and didn't see a single egg. 99% of the frames had brood (capped and uncapped), pollen, nectar or capped honey. There's an empty super on the two deeps, but they haven't drawn it out at all. I put it on nine days ago and there isn't a single complete cell. I found one supersedure cell and one swarm cell and I left them both alone. I didn't want to risk being left with one cell and no current queen, and something happening to that one cell. I guess I'd rather run the risk of swarming than risk having no queen at all.
TBS, I'm a little worried the queen is gone. I had a visit from Pooh the 27th of May, although there wasn't any damage, s/he just knocked the hive over. I did a post-Pooh inspection on June 5 and found two supersedure cells. I decided to risk it and cleared them out. I went back in on the 17th and spotted the queen. There was a great pattern of eggs and it looked like they were all getting along famously.
Today, though, I wonder if she either died or they killed her. I also wonder if she just doesn't have anyplace to lay, so she'd twiddling her thumbs.
Of all 20 frames in the deeps, there was the equivalent of one side of a frame that was empty and not drawn out. EVERY other cell was filled with brood, nectar, pollen or honey. I mean it was CRAMMED full. And I love seeing that, I do, but I don't know what it means. Swarming tendencies?
I'm not sure how old the cells I saw were. They were both intact as far as I could tell. I've never seen an opened one, though, so it's entirely possible I overlooked it.
I have another deep and frames on order, but they won't be here for at least a week. Do I put the second super between the two deeps and hope they draw that out fast? I put an ad on CL to borrow/rent an extractor, figuring I could empty a few frames and put them back. If she's in there, then she'll have plenty of room to lay. If she's not, then I get a bit of honey and there's room for the new queen to go to work.
Am I on the right track? Thanks so much for any advice. I did a little searching on honey-bound hives but I didn't find much about honey bound and possibly queenless.
FWIW, I don't think they've swarmed and that's where the queen went. That hive is packed to the gills with bees. They may be preparing to beat feet, but I'd be astonished if they already had. Also, I saw a fair number of drone cells, but I don't think it was a huge number, and I think it'd be a bit early for a laying worker to have set up shop, no? It was less than a month ago that I saw the queen and her great laying pattern...