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I'm just back from the bee yard. I've got a colony started from a package this year where the queen crapped out and was replaced 3 weeks ago. I saw the queen but there were no eggs and/or brood. In thinking what to do, pinching the queen and combining is probably what makes the most sense. Still I am loathe to give up on a $30 queen - so I will reduce their space - transfer them to a five frame nuc box and watch to see what happens. I say this to suggest a possible strategy for you. This will be a limited time experiment. If in a week or two they don't show signs of turning around it will be off with the Queen's head (well smush anyway.)
 
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