Lots of cells of different ages, no? Is the brood spotty or really backfilled?
The EFB alarm again?Spotty brood, different age open brood intermixed.
Can't tell for sure but it looks like I can see a few dead uncapped brood.
Looks like a bad case of EFB.
Is that the only brood you have in the hive?
yup. And I know that by the photos and discussion that there is not enough evidenceYES
what's a time crunch?I have never had to deal with EFB. I have seen it once in a cut out about 3 years ago. We live on a time crunch here with drawn comb productions. Once we hit a dearth they stop all together and the queen slows laying in comparison. This hive is super healthy actually. Started from a split in early summer so considering it is doing well.
As far as spotty brood I would say that they back filled pretty fast. It will level out once the new queen starts to lay well. She hadn't started yet so about 5 days had gone by with no new eggs being layed.
In which of the 5 pictures can you see dead brood?... looks like I can see a few dead uncapped brood.
You must have more experience with EFB, or much better eyes than I do. I can't see what you're suggesting, but I've only seen EFB a couple of times and all cases it was easily resolved. I'm not suggesting that EFB may not be a greater emerging threat as you point out. I simply can't see it here. Perhaps if we had better close-up pictures we'd have a better chance of definitely suggesting a problem. Without further info, I'd simply move forward with requeening as required and see how things play out.Picture2 near the bottom left maybe 3
Picture 5 left side lots of nice c shaped larva and several odd shaped larva some almost look like they stretched to one edge of the cells.
I had a few queens that were really good but I deal with some aggression down here is south Texas. The bees are not the friendliest. I plan on expanding to about 30 hives next year and will need help do to be being a full time college engineering student, father, and having to work! The mean bees had to go good queen or not. As far as the pictures go I took them on a whim. Last minute decision because I thought it was cool to see that many. I counted about 40 in the hive.Cwood, thanks for the OP, I had a great queen I just could not pinch (but had two queens in that hive) so I put her in a low performing hive and pinched that one. Now she is laying up a storm but I have about the same situation that you do. I have QC all over that hive, and at least one of them was open and empty with the prettiest cap still attached. We are also in a dearth and the only thing that will bloom to the end of the year is Hawk weed, Queens Ann’s lace and Tansy. I did not take pictures, that was good thinking on your part.