I’m hoping that there will be some sage advice out there about what is happening with my hives.
In September I split my hive as there was evidence they were getting ready to swarm. The split went well and I left the hives alone so that a new queen could be made. On inspection a month later things in the new hive were going really well, lots of brood cells, pollen and honey being stored so all good.
I n the old hive there were a few brood cells, some pollen and honey being stored and evidence of some queen cells, some closed some open so I assume that the old hive had made a new queen.
When I inspected again in November, there was no evidence at all of a queen so I assumed that perhaps this hive had swarmed and I moved two full brood frames from the new hive to see if that might kick along a new queen.
On inspection today, I noticed no evidence of a queen, there was pollen being stored, some drone cells, honey being stored in the flow super, some honey being stored in the brood box. There are heaps of worker bees and drone bee in the new hive.
My questions are: could the two hives be working as one? Should I order a new queen for the old hive? Should I recombine the two hives?