My second hive which i got mid-june is still not expanding in numbers. The pattern of brood looks good, but it only covers about 4 boards of a deep, and they wont expand into a med. super i added. They have not drawn out anything new and my population seems to be stagnant. I have never seen the queen, but eggs and larvae. Alsoo, the cappings and brood area seems "dry' as compared to my other hive which seems so robust and "juicy". If I decide to repalce queen, how do i find this queen? Also, when replacing queen, how do I go about it? How do I use vanilla to ease acceptance? When do I do this? I leave for vacation for ten days on 8/5/06. Would feeding help this weak hive in lieu of repalcing? Newbie questions for sure but thanx in advance!!!!!!!!