3 colonies at my house and 2 at another site are all broodless...tons of Bees there. I was in them 10 days ago and all had brood, only one had swarm cells (7) which were 6 on one frame ,1 on a seperate frame. I took the 6 and made a split, that queen was spotted.
The other colonies are 4-5 level hives with 2 deeps and 2-3 supers.
Could all the rain cause this?
All have plenty of pollen and honey, but not bound up yet.
I hate to waste money buying 3-5 queen only to find out the Big Mommas were hiding.
That sounds like they all swarmed. Prior to a swarm the queen quits laying, after the swarm all or most of the brood hatches. The beekeeper looks in sees a lot of bees so it doesn't look like a swarm because all the hatched brood rebuilt the population back up, and no sign of eggs. Wait a couple of weeks and recheck the hives, chances are that by then you'll find lots of brood and other signs of a very active queen.
The other possibility is a self imposed brood dearth. Russians are good at that and Carnies aren't far behind. Is your main spring flow over? When the start of your next flow? If a self imposed brood dearth you'll see evidence of brood once a new flow starts.