I inspected a hive a few days ago that is just a single brood I cut out a few months back. The hive is doing kind of well- there is a fair covering of bees on all the frames. However as I worked my way though the combs I noted entire frames of largely capped honey. As I got towards the center I started to worry- there was just one frame with a smattering of capped drone brood- no eggs to be seen. I started to think I had lost my queen and had laying workers. Then the next frame had a small patch of capped worker brood on one face- and I saw some larvae but still no eggs. And then- without looking for her- there she was - a very handsome and perfect looking queen. Working my way across the hive there was no more brood just honey and a very little pollen.
So in all I had 6 frames of honey- and just two with small amounts of brood right in the middle. Should I be worried about this hive- or is this just the result of a harsh season? I don’t think it’s a good time to be thinking of requeening as winter is just a few months away. I am wondering if I should remove some of the capped honey frames in a month or so- or just let this hive alone as is over winter- and see how it comes out into spring? If it isn’t a bad queen- the other explanation might be very low levels of pollen?