I have read many many posts and have gotten alot of ideas but would like to have some confirmation please please please.
I harvested honey about 3 weeks ago, I have been out of town and did not check anything until today. When I harvested there was larvae, eggs and an active queen. Today, I found no larvae, no eggs, and the bees were capping the cells about half way out. There were a bunch of drone caps it looked like. I have tons and tons of bees, lots of honey stores (I think) I concentrated the bees to two deep supers. I found several weird combs but none that looked like a queen cell.
-why are they capping cells half way?
-Are they starving? (again there are honey stores)
-The queen is obviously gone, so I live in zone 6 on the edge of 5, in idaho, is it way to late to requeen?
-will they survive the winter without a queen?
-Should I start feeding them?
Oh yea there were lots of bees just sitting outside of the hive today like they had been laid off for the winter and enjoying the front porch, very weird today and I am worried I either killed the queen harvesting or chased her off.
Any ideas I would appreciate it.
Thank you I appreciate any help