I got a new nucleus last week and a fertilized queen. It is my second hive, other one started last july and doing well.
One week later the bees are starting to make the cells on wax sheets but I can’t find the Queen which was marked… I looked everywhere and can’t find her. Look in the hive, on the frames, on the floor around the hive, everywhere.
To me poor newbie it seems that there is one cell developing as royal cell but not sure.
There are quite a few males from the other bee hive on the frames (I can differentiate the 2 hives as bees are very different in color and size…). But no Queen…
I can think of 4 solutions but need your help:
- Obviously, I can turn the entire hive upside down above and empty brood box and a queen separator just in case I missed it. Any precautions to take ??
- Do nothing and wait…just in case i missed it. future will tell if there are some eggs…
- Buy a new queen and put her in. Question: How long do I have to do that ? I guess I am running against time… What will happen if there is already a queen inside ?
- Get a populated frame from the other hive and put it inside this one. What will happen to the first hive ? What is the risk ? Shall I keep the frame and some bees on it or empty it of all bees ?
Last solution is to drop all the bees of hive 2 in hive 1 to reinforce it (It is still not full strengh as I started with a half hive last year only…)
Thank you for your help. It would be a real pity that my nucleus just dies out because of no queen.