After some advice as opened up my hive today after collecting a small cast about 30 days ago.
Prob around 4-5000 bees to begin with and apart from some capped honey there is a fair amount of sealed drone cells on the frames in a random cluster on the centre of the frame with unsealed larvae interspersed between them. Around 4 frames have been drawn out and I'd say there are about 100-200 sealed drones with no sealed worker larvae.
One of the frames has a very well devolped queen cup on it (not an incipient cup). I know that the workers will produce a queen if anything has happened to the old one but my worry is that the existing queen hadn't started laying before the queen cup was began.
I did think that the queen may have been killed a couple of weeks back but was advised to see what happened before making a decision.
Any comments are gladly recieved,
A very confused Rob.