It's been a bad week for me ( my mom has been in ICU since Wed. and they have no clue to what is wrong with her ) so why should I expect anything to go right during the inspection this week. The temp has finely given a little break mid 80's with 100% humidity, so I went all the way thru the hives today. Nuc 1 was a split 5 weeks ago from my Russian hive, I placed 1 frame from one of my stronger Italian mut hives and two from the original nuc, well they made a queen, but not a Russian queen :frustrated:. I split that nuc to stop from swarming and they had queen cells capped. The Russian nuc are the nicest bees I have. Checked the orginal nuc and on the first go around saw very few uncapped, but plenty of capped cells but did not see the queen great they went ahead and swarmed. So I went on to hive one 2 deeps and a shallow, 6 frames on the shallow drawn out, I'll take that considering the heat. top deep honey, capped brood, no eggs or larvae just alot of empty cells. bottom deep same way but with a few eggs and uncappped ( wonderful another hive getting ready to revolt, they where really pissy the usual flipping cigar buts at me and dive bombing ). Hive 2 same way except they had very litttle comb drawn in the shallow but the deeps looked the same as the first. Hive 3 is just 2 deeps and they were in the same shape as the other to hives. Went back thru nuc 2 and found the queen :grin:. So my thoughts are to pull the shallows off 1 and 2 and start feeding to see if I can get the queens to start laying for winter ?? My guess is that because of the drought pictures attached there is not much they are finding as far as food or pollen. Pretty sure we are going to be replanting 30-40 acres that we replanted last fall. So is there anything I should be doing to help the bees???