I inspected both of my hives today and there are lots of bees in both hives but I can't find any brood. Both hives seem to be drawing comb and storing honey and pollen. The bees seem contented. I didn't find the queen so I can't definately say that the colony has a queen. Is there a problem here? I did see some queen cells in one of the hives but they wern't compoleted and there were no larva anywhere.
The bees lived and watch out, the keeper might die :!: :P
Duckhunter seems like, from your description of hive activity, that your hive swarmed :?: Lotsa bees, no brood. After lotsa bee and brood prior.
You will almost always find queen cells and they will seem polished and unused. I was just in your duckboots and my experience is that the bees swarmed :!: I still have lotsa bees :!: That threw me off for awhile until I analyzed the problem, with some help but not from here.
I had done some frame manipulations hoping to stall any swarming activity because I wanted to pull some brood frames from that hive to install in some new nucs but I didn't get the nucs until yesterday, April 15. We, here in the southern part of the country, are way advanced in the season due to the lack of cold weather. I was seeing this happening because I have honey I could extract RIGHT NOW.
I found a queen in my hive, caught her, ( check out my post on FINDING DA QUEEN ) and she is now in the house in a plastic ice cream container for observation.
I bought some new queens and they are now installed, in that hive and others.
A fellow beekeeper had the exact same experience and we found the queen cell with the closure wax flap still attached. The bees had swarmed but produced a new queen which he removed and he also requeened. He had lotsa bees left also.
Well ya live and ya learn.