Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
The East hive is fine, I think. There are eggs, larvae and a few frames of capped pupae. Lots more bees. The hive also has a lot more propolis, fwtw. After me digging around for a while they got pissy, and the bottom box was so glued together with propolis that I had a hard time getting frames out. I stupidly didn't check to see if comb was being built on the screen below the hive, but there are definitely bees under the hive.
The west hive, however, is in trouble, I think. I found no eggs, no larvae, and no capped pupae in the hive proper. A fair number of open cells. Tons of honey, though. The third medium box up, in the midst of curing honey, I did see queen cells that have been broken open. I didn't think to count, but I'm guessing I saw three or four. All were open.
When I got down to the bottom box, I could see that they were building comb underneath the screen. Sigh. Since it was late in the day, we have company over, and I should have been grilling chicken--compounded by the fact that I didn't know what to do anyway--I closed up the hive to get coals going for supper. If I had to guess I'd say the queen is underneath the screen laying eggs in the comb they are building right above the ground, but that's purely a guess, and an uneducated one at that.
Any ideas as to a game plan would be appreciated.