An update and a few questions.
The old hive appears to be ticking along OK with numerous bees out foraging all day.
The newer hive is faring much worse. About 30 dead bees on the bottom board every morning with many more dropping off the landing board during the day. Not a lot of foraging activity. Yesterday observed a number of robber bees around the entrance. Reduced the entrance to 20mm gap to try and minimise their impact.
Just completed an inspection of the new hive.
Bees covering 8 of the 10 frames.
A number of bees still showing erratic behaviour.
A lot more capped honey was evident than last week.
The total of capped brood would probably be equal of one complete face of a deep frame.
No eggs or larvae found.
Could not find the queen, but then again I rarely do.
Am I right in assuming that the hive is now queenless? She may have either absconded or died.
Bearing in mind that it is now approaching the end of May is it too late to transfer a frame with eggs/larvae from the other hive to it in the hope that they raise a new queen?
Or should we just leave things alone?