Hi hive mind. Thanks as always in advance for your assistance. It’s always great to know I can come here and hopefully gain some insight.
I had a nuc installed in Spring (Oct 2017). It appeared to struggle through last summer and never really grew in great numbers and I identified in Autumn a pretty bad chalk brood problem. They have survived the winter and there was a lot of chalk brood being got rid of by the bees that I would clear from the base board every few days. After seeking advice from my local bee club I was told the queen should be replaced. So 6 weeks ago I ordered a new queen and she’s actually arriving in 2 weeks. However in the last 2 or 3 weeks as we enter Summer I have noticed a lot less chalk brood and the bees seem to be pretty active. Are they self correcting? Not huge amount - but they are still hanging in there. And with my inspection this morning, I have seen a supersedure cell (actually 2 or 3). There appear to be lots of babies, still some chalk brood (but only maybe a handful each frame). The brood pattern is pretty unkempt. So - I am now wondering if the bees have done the job for me and replaced the old queen? Unfortunately I didn’t mark my queen and when I did my inspection I couldn’t find her (or a new one) for love nor money! I have put up a few pics to help. So! My question to you all:
- I’m determined to persevere with this colony and get them strong. Should I still find queen and kill her in time for my new queen arriving. How do i tell if I am destroying the actually newly minted queen from one of the supersedure cells? Does it matter?. (it kills me to think I would be doing that though!) . My first colony died mysteriously last winter, and so this is my sole surviving hive at present so I can’t even do a split and use the new queen being sent to me for that?
I would really appreciate everyone’s thoughts on this.
At this stage I am thinking when my queen arrives I will find and destroy the queen in the hive. Wait for at least 24 hours then put the cage in the hive , and see how we go.
Thanks all Katie