Hello lovely people.
I was installing a new queen last night to save a hive that has been queenless since February 7. I had accidentally killed the queen, hoped they would requeen themselves, but when opening the hive 10 days later found zero queen cells, Whether sealed or open, just 4-5 empty queen cups.
I eventually found a Carniolan queen available from Hawaii. As of yesterday they had neither queen cells nor open brood nor eggs, just a bit of sealed brood left.
As per instructions, I transferred her from the shipping cage to a push in cage I had made. I was so proud of myself because the cage covered a good chunk of the frame, giving her a lot of space, her three shipped attendants, and a dozen sealed worker cells.
I checked on the frame this morning (to take a photo in case she hadn’t made it through the night) and to my horror, I found the push in cage FILLED with bees, and no queen in sight. I soon realized they had chewed their way through the wax under the wire.
After a bit of searching, I eventually found the queen under a cluster of bees balled up in a corner of the brood box. To my amazement, she was still alive, although the bright yellow marking dot on her back was half gone.
The question was, what to do? I put her back in the mailing cage and blocked it off with candy,then laid the cage on the bottom hoping that a standard candy release could still be done.A handful of bees soon swarmed the cage walking around on the mesh cloth.
What I’m wondering is — is she injured? Will she recover of any injuries incurred if so? Will her laying abilities be impaired? Is there anything else I can or should to do in this situation?
Many thanks in advance as always!!!