Once again, Hive #1 is queenless . I suspected her absence last week, now its confirmed, no eggs or uncapped brood, small amounts of capped brood. I noticed 5 queen cups all have larvae, all uncapped. 3 capped cells 10+ days old. Which brings me to my question.... What should I do with them now? Is it too late to let them finish raising the queen? Should I buy another queen? Local apiaries are running short on them. Or combine them with hive #2? I gave them a frame of mostly capped brood, some uncapped, some eggs, some capped honey, I planned to do this today anyway. I feel the best course would be to let them finish raising a queen and see where that takes me. I can help by adding frames of brood during inspections. But I'm unsure if I have enough time to let this play out. With the added frame, this hive now has 7 frames built out (4 1/2 broodnest, 1 1/2 capped sugar syrup, 1 drawn empty comb (some pollen but not much). I can't see them moving into another deep this year, especially if they raise a queen.