I must say that what I'm seeing is a tendency to supercedure at the drop of a hat. I figure I'm better than average with only 1 out of 4 packages superceding. The thing is, though, that one of the hives that has not superceded should have. Very Lethargic queen, she just sits on the comb barely moving when I open the hive and it is getting further and further behind the others. I'll probably end up requeening that hive, but first I'll give it every chance to get with the program.
I honestly don't known if it is the fault of the queen or the fact that all 4 hives seem to be experiencing dearth like behavior during a bloom. Ain't no sweet in dem flowers. It's very hard to build up a hive when it's only bringing in enough to barely keep going. We're having a much more normal type of summer here in the PNW weather wise, with the exception that there's no juice in the flowers. It makes a person wonder if it is all the result of last years drought-like conditions. It's been so long since we had a summer like last year that I can't remember it a nectar dearth followed an actual drought the following year.