Today I checked to see if they had made a queen and gotten rid of the bad one.
No is the answer to that question.
She has a terrible spotty brood pattern. I gave this hive a great frame of brood and eggs but they did not successfully supercede this queen or perhaps there wasn't an egg suitable or they didn't see the need.
To keep resources available for my hives, I keep a nuc in my backyard apiary. I made it with frames of brood and eggs from both of my strong survivor hives. Today when I looked into it, they have a good queen, are drawing straight comb (another sign of good genetics) and have spare brood and eggs.
At first glance this may not look like a blue ribbon frame to you, but it certainly does to me. There are eggs in almost every empty looking cell on the right side of this frame. It will be perfect to steal from this hive and move to the community garden double caught swarm hive.
Maybe this time they will find a suitable egg and supercede the failing/pitiful queen.
My backyard hives are all doing well. The two packages that I got from Jarrett Apiaries are thriving but the bees in both hives are terrible cross-comb builders. I tried today to influence them to build their comb straighter. Most likely their worst boxes I'll put lower in the hives for them to have over the winter and then remove them next year, if they live through the winter.
All of my backyard hives, including the nuc, needed added boxes today, which I happily gave them.
I'll let you know how the double swarm hive deals with the frame of brood and eggs.