I generally inspect my hives every two to three weeks, last inspection being 5 days ago. It wasn’t a thorough inspection because midway during the inspection the wind picked up and I just looked at a couple of brood frames, with nothing of note to report. Some drones present which did not bother me.
I’ve noticed that one of the hives is very subdued since then. Not much activity going in and out. This was rather the strongest of the hives of the two.
Is it a good idea to open up and inspect again this soon? Or maybe shall I leave them and see what happens. I am worried I may have killed the queen, and if so what would be the first obvious signs that the queen is missing.
And if that is the case, I’m stuffed am I, going into winter?