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I'm thinking i may need a queen. Opinions?

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In early May i hived a #3 package. By the numbers in the hive currently, i am getting the feeling that this hive will not be near strong enough to make it through winter. The brood nest never did get past 1 medium box, and shows no sign of getting better (stronger). The queen was a mated Italian and at first, seemd to do great, however watching this hive lately, even with feed on, the numbers just arent climbing.

Any suggestions? I'm thinking new queen.......... different breed perhaps?
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Mine have slowed way down also. They are not honey bound, as a matter of fact two are trying to starve and the others are fine with stores. My russians and ferals have dropped brood to about a little larger than the size of a baseball which after watching the last two years is normal. Numbers are great and they seem to lay just enough to keep the population steady, but as soon as the aster, goldenrod or anything that will have a large supply the queens will kick in again. They have stopped drawing comb about 2-3 weeks ago and they were slow then.

I always seem to go into the winter with varying cluster sizes, from volleyball to take up almost a whole deep brood box.
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