Inspected and cleaned my hives today after not having been in them for well over a month due to business travel. Yep, there was lots of propolis gluing everything together. I did clean things up but didn't go crazy per suggestions in my other "Propolis" thread.
I have two hives - one is strong and full of honey and pollen plus brood (though I didn't get into the lower deep, so not sure just how much). The second, which has always been the weaker of the two never got beyond 6 frames in one deep and now there is NOTHING in any of the comb. I didn't see any brood, honey, pollen - nothing. It was very strange. It's been extremely dry here, and it seems pretty obvious that the strong hive has been robbing the weak one.
Given that it's pretty late in the season, do I have any choice besides finding/destroying the Queen (if there is one) and combining with my strong hive? Is there still time to get a new Queen (if even available) and feed syrup to get them to sufficient "honey" stock for winter? Should I consider a "split" and combine with the weak hive? I don't think this will work as the two hives are side by side and I can't move either.
Thanks for any suggestions
P.S. Here are some hiking and camping pix from WA state where I was traveling for the past 6 months