This is my first spring after overwintering my 3 hives. Due to work and travel and a wet cold spring so far, I finally got to open my hives yesterday for the first time. One hive is strong--I saw larvae although I didn't see the queen and returning bees are loaded with pollen. The 2nd hive has lots of bees and stores, but I don't think I saw any brood or eggs (I'm not very good at eggs yet). I didn't look at every frame though. The returning bees didn't seem to be carrying much pollen. The third hive has few bees, lots of moldy frames, and a few clusters of drone cells, some that are moldy. This was a hive that swarmed last June, but seems to recover and was a fairly strong in the fall. So I'm assuming that now I have a laying worker, and probably have had one for a while. My first (lone) hive 2 years ago failed because of queen problems and I couldn't get them to accept a new one since a worker had already started laying. In this case, should I just let the hive die off and then look for a swarm this summer, or split the strong hive in a few months? I don't want to spend the money again on a queen that won't be accepted or order a new package while there are still bees "at home." I'm not sure how much brood I have in my other two hives (probably need to know that first). If there is a laying worker I don't want to try to give that hive a frame of eggs from the strong hive--they wouldn't try to raise a queen if they don't think they need one, right? Thanks to all you experienced beekeepers who take the time to help us novices on this site!