Can you post some pictures? That would really help.
I don't think so, but I will look again, probably on Monday. One thing I should have mentioned, but didn't think about, there were not many capped brood about, but ALL were drone. I didn't see a queen, and would not be surprised if this is a weak, laying worker hive. I guess what was striking is that the appearance of the bees in the other 2 hives was normal, and these were not. This was the second of the 3 hives I inspected. This group is in one 8-frame box, but only occupy 5 frames.Could you have been looking at newly hatched pupae? They have a whitish, grey appearance when they first emerge. You should be able to tell if there is a starving issue if there are no stores in the hive.