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tattered wings, shrunken queen, good layer

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Queen has been rode hard and put up wet. Still laying a great pattern though. What things should I be looking for to foretell a failing queen. She is only a year old.
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Local feral survivors in eight frame medium boxes.
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If there a open cells with eggs and larve in them in the middle of capped brood, that's not spotty, that's just emerging. If there are empty cells with nothing in them in the middle of capped brood, I'd call that spotty. Usually the cause is her laying drone eggs in worker cells and the workers are removing them before they hatch.
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