I started 2 new packages about 2.5 weeks ago. One is doing very well, the other only has about half (if that) the number of bees in it and has only drawn out about 3.5 frames (medium) where I just had to put a second box on the good hive. When I pulled the frames out yesterday, there were some cells capped off in the "bad" hive, but I couldn't tell what was in them, I kinda think it may have just been capped honey or syrup water, the cells were very light in color. The good hive had capped cells that appeared a little darker yellow, brood I assume. I didn't see the queen in either hive, but didn't look everywhere.
I'm thinking I need to call Kelley and order another queen, does that sound like the right thing to do? How do I know if I'm looking at capped brood or capped honey/syrup?