I split a hive about 6 weeks ago and ordered 3 queens from a breeder, 1 for myself and 2 for a friend. One of the queens has a lot darker abdomen than what I’ve seen in other queens. I ended up with this one.
She isn’t a very strong layer and the hive is struggling to get going. My friends hives started at the same time with the other queens and are thriving.
Is the dark abdomen indicative of a defective queen? Or did I just get a dud?