I know a spotty brood pattern is a sign of a failing queen. My question is whether or not I'm looking at a true spotty pattern.
Yes it looks like one but might the queen be thumbing her nose at the old crappy comb? a month ago the brood nest had a perfect pattern. The Top deep box, where the cluster was, was filled with newer comb. I've since reversed the boxes. The brood is now mostly in Old stuff. The colony is strong with a good population. Winter had little affect on them. The colony last swarmed in June of '09.
Any opinions? OLD BLACK COMB