on may 23 of this year I installed a 5 frame nuc of Carniolan bees in a deep super. there was a lot of brood and one full frame of honey. over the weeks I felt that the queen was not preforming as I could not find any new brood. last monday I took another inspection and found the bottom brood chamber full of honey and they had not even started on the upper honey box and there was no brood. I did find a queen cell about a third of the way up one of the frames but she had already hatched. But I still could not find her.
these bees have been very active and are bringing in a lot of pollen and making a lot of honey. I have been feeding them 1:1 sugar syrup all along.
I thought if there were no queen, the bees would not do much in honey production and would just hang around the hive. this is not the case here.
So what are your thoughts?