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I and my wife attended a short beekeepers course offered by cooperative extension, she was totally unfamiliar with honeybees aside from the colony in yard which is more populated then she was ready for at that time. The demonstation hive was severely underpopulated with workers. barely covering center 4 frames. I also noted that there were way too many drones, all were undersized, and many were deformed missing a leg, or malformed wing. Additionally noted that only capped brood was drone brood as per the cappings domed or " bullet " shaped. I did kill a small hive beetle, on outside of colony. no beetle grubs were seen. No various stages of brood were apparent aside from more mature larvae about 5 days or so judging from size. I was thinking inn terms of laying workers, a colony became hopelessly queenless so a few workers started to lay eggs, only drone brood can develope as eggs have to be infertile. Obviously workers can not compete with a queen for true egg laying duties, but so lonog as the egg laying workers are there no queen will be accepted as from the other workers they already have a queen, from their perspective. If infact is laying workers, they will be impossible to find as they are no bigger then the rest of the workforce. If were my colony would shake out the bees, laying workers can't fly becasue of egg developement in body, have either a queen ready to introduce, or several frames of brood allow them to develope their own queen. Any one have other thoughts as to whats going on here.