I did a full inspection of both hives yesterday (2 left after starting winter with 4). This was my second look this spring. First inspection was two weeks ago, I'll post more in another thread ("My bee year 2013" coming soon). One hive is strong (Duncan's bees), while one significantly weaker (Carnie package from last spring). Both hives are bringing in pollen loads on about one bee out of three. Once I opened the Carnies, I found a terribily small cluster. This was only on two frames, only about 5" in diameter. More distressing was that I could not find a queen, nor any eggs or larvae among them. Not finding anything to indicate a queen was present but with them bringing in pollen, it would appear that these bees would likely be close to becoming a "laying worker" hive. I closed off the hive entrance, took the two frames of bees to the middle of the yard and shook them out onto the ground. It's a bit of a shame as they were still very well provisioned. The top box was still filled with roughtly 20lbs of honey (medium). I set this box on top of the remaining hive. With luck, this will help boost them up even stronger in preparation for a split in the very near future.