Not sure if this subject is in the right section or if it should go to some other section but here it is.
Our very first hive was in May of 2012 and we got them as a package from Baxley, GA. The old queen from this hive took a while to get ramped up and laying eggs (not to mention the whole aspect of completely lacking experience). Her brood patterns were pretty nice but never exactly solid. My other hives that came from other sources have some queens that seem to have almost perfectly solid brood patterns.. One queen actually seems to be laying so much that we're seeing several deep frames of nothing but capped brood (no stores on these frames). BUT I brought that up just as comparison to the "first bees". Since May of 2012, that old queen swarmed after a little over a year and left us her daughter (we caught the old queen and her swarm, but she left again.. :-x ). The daughter seems to lay about the same: decent brood pattern but no where NEAR as spectacular as the queen that's laying whole sides of frames. We do notice, however, the hive with the average laying queen has a propensity to actively kick out any defective bees, larvae, and pupae whereas the other hives do not. This past Sunday we checked the hive and found one gleaming white and squishy pupae bee (almost fully developed) halfway pulled from her cell..
So is the queen a decent queen and the reason for several empty cells in the capped brood just signs of hygienic genetics?