I opened the hive this morning for my weekly inspection. I did find the queen and there are lots of eggs and brood, but very little actually capped because they have pretty much stagnated on building new comb since the last time I fed them a quart of syrup. It appears that as one area emerge she re-lays that space but they are not building her new space. There are 2-3 very small corners of capped honey and some nectar surrounding it but it seems like a very small amount to me. I am thinking I may need to give them another quart of syrup to give them the boost they need to fill in some more comb to give the queen more cells to lay in.
@Michael_Bush, I didn’t see any drones and I thought that I observed some drone cells mixed into brood. Could this be something related to using the small cell foundation with unregressed bees needing a little more room to develop so they bubble out the capping to get it? Or could these drones have already flown off for mating flights and not returned?
Is this a “do nothing & let them be” scenario or could they use another helping hand from the big friendly giant?